We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:26
"She can read my mind," the husband says of his wife as she provides for a need before he asks. Two people have become so understanding and intimate that they know each other's needs and wishes without naming them.
This describes our relationship to God by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit works on our behalf a relationship of total intimacy with the Father so our unspoken prayers are before the Father's throne even before we speak them, or even before we are aware of our needs. In ways that cannot be known, "with groans that words cannot express," the Spirit brings before the throne of a gracious and merciful God all our cares and concerns.
The prayers we offer, imperfect and jumbled, are presented before God in perfect order and making perfect sense. Our shortsightedness is eliminated; our self-centeredness is erased; our faith is presented full and clear. We can pray with confidence, knowing the Holy Spirit will present our prayers before God with the clarity and the respect we desire to show Him.
PRAYER: O Spirit, present before God our earnest prayers and praise; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
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