Ro 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Today’s post is on praying. If you have walked with the Lord for a while, you no doubt have had prayers block. It is when you meet with the Lord in your prayer time and just do not know how to pray about some matter. It may be because you lack knowledge of the real need. It may be because the request conflicted with your spirit as to the real need. It may be because you are being challenged by demonic obstruction or some other possibility. We may sense the need for prayer but simply cannot identify in your spirit what you are sensing.
Whatever the cause, you need not be defeated in your prayer effort. The autobiography of praying Hyde was insightful for me as I struggled with this problem some years ago. Praying Hyde was a young preacher that felt his calling was not to be the spokesperson but the prayer warrior behind the scenes. It is said that while the preacher was preaching, he would be in a secluded place praying and sometimes he was heard just groaning in prayer. This is in perfect harmony with the above verse. If you cannot get it out verbally then send the prayer to God in the form of a groan and the Holy Spirit will translate the prayer accurately for you. That is just one of His responsibilities. Where ever you are deficient, He will make up the difference to complete the request.
Furthermore, the Lord knows our thoughts. Consider Job 21:27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me. Also, Mt 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? Nothing is hid from God. If you are struggling with a prayer, know that the Lord not only knows your heart but is also there to make you successful in prayer. He is more desirous for your victory than you are.
I am encouraged by the story in Daniel 10 where he set his heart in prayer an prayed for three weeks before a messenger from God revealed that his prayer was heard from the first day but the answer was delayed three weeks in coming because it was hindered by satanic forces. It is an awesome thing that we have been included in God’s plan to fight these satanic forces in prayer. It is an unseen battle that we fight but we know that God is the victor and we are a part of that battle. It is not in the physical utterance of sound but in the thoughts and intent of the heart.