With groanings too deep for words


Do you ever desperately want to draw near to God in prayer, but feel at a loss for words? Have you ever opened your mouth to talk to God, but only sobs break out? 

There have been so many times when my desire to come before God is strong, but words fail me.  In those moments, I'm reminded to pray scripture. To speak the words from the Word of God. And in those moments, I'm especially comforted by Romans 8--to know that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us when words fail.

Romans 8: 26-30 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”

When words fail, we can cry out…

“God, please help me.”
“Lord, I need you.”
“Holy Spirit, intercede for me with groanings too deep for words.”