Encouraging Journey – Episode 4 – Prayer: “When You Don’t Know What To Say”

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I read a post on Instagram recently that caught my attention.  It said, “Dear God, I don’t know what to say to you, right now, with words.  So, could you please listen to the feelings of my heart, instead.”

Romans 8:25-26 (NIV), “If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, (while we are waiting) but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

If you are of a Pentecostal persuasion, you will assume that I’m going say that this is referring to praying in tongues.  Now, I’m not denying that interpretation.  I believe in praying in tongues.  However, there’s more to be understood.

Up until the 1700’s, prayer was also a matter of heart communication and not just the product of a rational construction of words.  The prayer took the form of heart feelings that were focused, with minimal words, toward God.  Sometimes the pray-er would see and feel the “as if completed” answer as their heart feelings poured out before the Lord.

When Paul was speaking to the Romans, he indicated that the Holy Spirit would partner with the person using – what he called – deep groans, or sighs.  Those are words describing the heart language of emotion.

When you don’t know what to say with words, let the feelings of your heart talk to God.  Don’t put so much confidence in the right words.  Let the deep feelings and visions of your heart articulate your request.

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