26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
I was recently listening to a sermon during which the preacher testified to the many answers he has personally received to prayer requests. He felt that for those believers who know the living God, this should be a normal occurrence; our prayers should be answered so frequently that we are surprised when an occasional prayer goes unanswered.
Honestly, I feel almost the exact opposite of that most of the time. I almost feel surprised when a prayer gets answered. Don’t get me wrong, I see God’s blessings all around me, and I am forever grateful for the daily protection, love, and grace He provides me. Lately, however, I have felt like some of the specific concerns I have been praying about have not been answered, leaving me feeling like I may not even be praying right.
Good news! This verse from Romans tells us the Holy Spirit “intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Our failure to know God’s exact will and our inability to petition God for certain needs are things that the Holy Spirit can handle on our behalf to match our desires to the will of God for our lives. The Holy Spirit’s prayers are always according to God’s will, even when we don’t know what that may be. Therefore, we need not fret about what or how to pray, for we can depend on The Holy Spirit’s perfect intercession on our behalf. Be encouraged! The Holy Spirit is praying for us, even when we don’t exactly know how.
Therefore, always be encouraged to pray. We won’t fully understand the mystery of prayer in this life, but we know that the Lord commands us to pray. In fact, we are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “Pray without ceasing”. The Lord encourages us to the truth of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in us, and takes our prayers and directs them according to God’s will.
So, continue to pray even if it seems like our requests are being denied, in God’s plan; they will be answered.