26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
During Lent, we reflect on Christ’s suffering, death, and glorious resurrection. I often relate this to my own life journey. I, personally, have experienced many times of great despair, emotional death, and glorious rebirth. Throughout our lives, we will endure illness, broken relationships, financial worries, and death of those that we love. Sometimes, we throw up our hands and think “I can’t go on!” This is when we call out for God’s help. This passage assures us that even though we may not know how to pray if we are willing and we believe, the Spirit guides us in prayer. It is at these times that God asks us to turn over our lives and trust in God’s plan for us. Is this simple to do? No! Look for the Spirit. Listen for the Spirit. Let the Spirit enrich your faith and lead you to God in prayer.
Once we become comfortable with the Spirit leading us to God in prayer, we can begin to feed our soul. We can laugh at ourselves and our lives. We are restored. We can dance around the absurdity of life instead of being squashed by it.
Dear Lord, send your Spirit to guide us as we pray. Help us to see and hear your direction. Let us feel your presence in our lives. Amen.