In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26-27, NASB
Often the quarrels in our home begin with a misunderstanding. Someone says “I’m hungry,” and I hear “Get me something to eat,” which annoys me because I’m in the middle of something other than food prep. Take your mark . . . Argue. Please tell me I’m not the only one with this problem.
Surely not. How many times do we say something and it’s taken completely different than we meant for it? Worse, how many times have we said exactly what we meant, and wished it unsaid shortly thereafter?
Misunderstandings—of others, and of ourselves. This is the shortsighted failings of sinful people. A point of fact which makes me tremble when I think about the blessed fact that God has given me direct access to Himself. What if I say the wrong thing? What if I rant only to realize the next day that I was ugly? What if I ask for that which is not according to His perfect will?
Weakness, all. But even here, God has graciously provided. Because, though I don’t know what to pray, the Spirit is with me, interceding as I struggle. I’ll readily admit that I don’t understand this. But I do know that by the Spirit’s intervention I can lay my heart out honestly and God hears. I can petition the longings pulling at my will, and God does what is best. I can bring my meager praise, and it reaches Him with joy.
I can come to Him freely, because the Spirit attends me.