“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… The Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Rom. 8:26–27


Heavenly Father, this passage is timely and encouraging for me today, as I’m feeling wimpy and “blah-ish,” and am moving at the pace of a snail on a sidewalk of molasses. Though out of Covid quarantine, I am feeling its fatigue.

So, I am grateful your Spirit is much more than our “prayer partner” or prayer energizer. He prays in us and for us all the time—even “fixing” our prayers as they come before your occupied throne of grace. Sometimes we lack both the motivation to pray, and are clueless about what to pray; and that’s okay.

The pressure is off, for the Gospel calls us to think of ourselves less as “prayer-warriors,” and more as “grace-needers.” So, hear our “wordless groans,” today Father. We gladly surrender to the intercession of your Spirit—which, of course, is in perfect harmony with Jesus’ non-stop intercession for us. Hallelujah, and thank you for such perfect and perpetual care.

Father, help us to be patient in our weakness, restful in our trust, and expectant of your provision. You know my bad penchant to hurry up and get over-stuff. I’m not going there this time. If a part of my Covid-dance has been to slow me down a bit, gladly, I’m in a teachable mood and mode. So Very Amen.