More Than Words
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to son ship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
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.
You know when I was flying a lot I used to text Laura just before we took off and then just as we landed. I know I have shared this with you but it bears repeating. I texted “taking off Love you!” shut the phone off and for the next 5.5 hours relaxed . We landed and I turned my phone on to text Laura…but I was receiving other texts as well. The first one was confusing…it said “Love you to” …it was from my boss I sent the message to the wrong person.
Are there times in your life when you simply do not know how to say something? Particularly when we are praying… I love the fact that the Spirit knows our hearts and can always relay the proper message on our behalf.
Since God knows our heart and thoughts… prayer should take on a whole new meaning for us. Sometimes I sit in silence and don’t say anything at all to God…yet He knows my heart and where my burdens are the heaviest.
I performed a wedding where the rehearsal was taking place and I had just gone over the answer to the question who gives this man to marry this woman? The correct answer was “Her mother and I” went fine in rehearsal. The wedding day was different. The father was in the back rehearsing “her mother and I” her MOTHER and I, Her mother AND I, etc.
The point came in the ceremony “Who gives this man to marry this woman? I can see sheer panic in this poor man’s face. After what probably seemed an eternity to him, but in actuality was only a few seconds he blurted out “My mommy and me”.
Haven’t we all been there in our prayer life. Isn’t verse 26 and 27 reassuring? 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 only know how to pray one way…and that is simply telling God what I am thinking about. I know and I have heard people who are beautiful prayers. Their prayers are practically sermonettes. They are poetic, lyrical, using tremendously illustrative words.
I have never been able to do that. But I know God hears me just as well.
Communicating without words is an art form for those who cannot use words but are certainly old enough to do so. Babies and small children are masters at conveying their feelings without words. They do it through laughter, tears, facial expressions, touch.
Whenever I do a funeral….99% of the time when I get home I go to a quiet place with no sound and just sit. The amount of time I sit varies, but the purpose is always the same. To try and wrap my mind around the loss of another human being and what this means to their family, friends, church and community. I think about my own mortality as I sit there and though I know it’s inevitable…I pray it is a time of peaceful transitioning where comfort and assurance fill the hearts of family members.
I sit alone with my thoughts until God seems to say. That’s enough, there’s more to do. But God seems to understand exactly what I am feeling and He never dismisses me but gently nudges me to get back to serving.
In all that time, there is never a word spoken…but much is said.
Sometimes words are over rated.
But let’s not forget verse 28-29 “28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” They serve to remind us that our words to God come from a child to a Father who wants only good for us and ultimately everything, regardless of our words work out for the glory and purposes of God.