Sometimes, I just don’t know what to pray.
Let’s be honest here. Sometimes, I just don’t know what to pray.
Maybe my emotions are a little distracting and I don’t trust my own heart. Maybe the circumstances at hand are beyond my understanding and I don’t know the solution. Maybe I’m just worn out and having a powerful time of intercession seems pretty unlikely. Maybe I know I need to pray, but I am surrounded by children all asking for different things so I can’t think straight.
At times when I don’t know exactly what to pray, praying in the Spirit is an effective way to speak the truth of God into a situation.
The Holy Spirit knows exactly what I need to pray.
The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Truth, and Jesus told His disciples that the Holy Spirit knows all things. So when I pray in a tongue which is inspired by the Holy Spirit, I can be sure that I am praying God’s perfect truth. When my emotions get the best of me, and I’m not sure how I’m supposed to feel about something, I don’t trust that I will have the right words to pray from my limited understanding. But I know that the Holy Spirit knows exactly what I need to pray.
I can rest in his love and pray from God’s heart.
When I don’t know what the answer is, I know that the Holy Spirit knows the solution. I can rest in his love and pray from God’s heart. Like when my child was waking up night after night screaming from night terrors. What was I to do? All I knew to do was let the Spirit take care of it. Praying in the Spirit broke the power of the enemy so she could sleep peacefully.
Praying in the Spirit is an effective tool God has given me.
When I’m worn out and run down, praying in tongues is an easy way to know that my intercession is hitting the mark. I might not have the self discipline to pray through a list of prayer needs every morning, but I can rest in the Spirit and pray in tongues. It’s not a cop-out. It is a highly effective tool God has given me!
1Corinthians 14:14-15 NKJV “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding…”
There are times to pray in words that I understand, and there are also times to pray in tongues. When I pray in tongues, my spirit prays. So even when I don’t have the knowledge in my own mind of how to pray effectively, I can rest assured that my mind will not interfere with what God wants to do. And I can rest assured that the prayers that He inspires will bring the needed change.
Have there been times when you didn’t know what to pray? How did Jesus come through for you? I’d love to hear your comments.
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