Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Struggle to Pray

I have to admit it, I've been struggling to pray for the last few weeks. I won't bore you with my excuses; I'm just saying it's been a difficulty. I haven't put in the normal time and effort to pray. It's been coming more in snippets, desperate moments, and s.o.s. prayers.

In the middle of this, a funny thing happened. God has shown up anyway. It's almost like He wants His best for me - even more than I want it for myself.:)

I'm not trying to say that we shouldn't pray. The Bible teaches it. Jesus demonstrated it. There is no question that God expects us to pray. My purpose isn't to excuse our lack of prayer, but to give us hope when we don't.

Prayer does not depend solely on me. Even when I'm not praying, two-thirds of the Trinity is praying for me.

The Bible tells us that Jesus prays for us.

Who then can condemn? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Romans 8:34

Did you know that Jesus is praying for you. Not condemning you, but standing up for you to God the Father. Do you think God is pleased with His Son? Do you think He will answer His Son's prayers? Absolutely. So even when you aren't doing what you know you should - Jesus has your back.

What about the Holy Spirit? He's praying for you too.

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. 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. Romans 8:26-27

Even when we don't know what to pray, the Spirit is stepping up for us. He knows God's will and He knows our hearts. He is pleading with God in perfect knowledge of what's going on and asking God to do what is best and right for us.

It's a tremendous comfort to know that God is aware of what's going on. He's not looking for opportunities to punish you; instead, He's on your side. Not working against you, but working to bring about the best for you.


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