Using the Right Words


Romans 8:26

Web M.D. is a great thing. Any time that you’re experiencing any kind of discomfort or pain you simply go to your computer type in the symptoms and BAM! you have a diagnosis. Maybe some suggested treatment options.

Except sometimes it’s not that simple is it? Sometimes we have a hard time pinpointing exactly where the pain is or describing the pain. Even when you go to the doctor and show him where it hurts. You might wonder if you’re using the right words if you’re giving an accurate portrayal.

Sometimes we might have the same concerns with our prayers. Am I using the right words? Am I making the right requests? What if I make a wrong request? Is God going to be like an evil genie and grant my wish and give me what I wish for just to teach me a lesson? Romans 8:26 says:

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 with groans that words cannot express. (Romans 8:26)

Our fears are warranted. We do sometimes use the wrong words. We don’t always know what is best for us, but God does know what is best for us. And he promises that his Spirit intercedes for us in our prayers. He interprets them and makes them God pleasing so that God will bless us in the best way.

You can know that he will because he’s already done the most important thing: bringing you to faith in Jesus as your Savior. And he continues his important work as he keeps you in faith through word and sacrament. He promises also that he works all things for the good of those who love him.

May this be your comfort as you’re bringing your prayers petitions and thanksgivings to our God and Savior, Amen.

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