SPECIFIC REQUESTS/SPECIFIC ANSWERS

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I think if we all look seriously at our own prayer lives we can say we don’t pray……..often enough.

JAMES 4: 2  “YOU DO NOT HAVE, BECAUSE YOU DO NOT ASK.”

But what if sometimes you cannot ask, because you cannot put into words your deep soul groanings that overwhelm?

ROMANS 8: 26 “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.”

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I have been there recently………no words, only tears and pain and unable to form a sentence.  But somehow the SPIRIT comforted me because I knew HE would intercede on my behalf. 

SOMETIMES ALL WE HAVE ARE OUR KNEES TO HOLD US UP.

And in that posture, the SPIRIT says the words for us, for our groanings in our weakened state.  GOD knows that our weakness is HIS strength. 

ROMANS 8:27  “…….BECAUSE THE SPIRIT INTERCEDES FOR THE SAINTS ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.”

Let us humble ourselves before GOD and be willing to say:  THY WILL BE DONE!

When we cannot bear the unbearable, the SPIRIT reminds us that our world and all our struggles in it……….are HIS!

And let’s embrace this truth……..

WE ARE STILL FOREVER HIS…….EVEN WHEN WE DON’T KNOW WHAT TO PRAY.

We can thankfully and confidently go down on our knees ……….and be stilled there.  Being still before HIM is ok.  It is a posture of submission, honoring the GOD of the universe who sits on the throne of our very lives.  In this humble posture there is wisdom to be learned there.  Wisdom we so desperately need.

EPHESIANS 3: 14-16  “FOR THIS REASON I BOW MY KNEES BEFORE THE FATHER, FROM WHOM EVERY FAMILY IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH IS NAMED, THAT ACCORDING TO THE RICHES OF HIS GLORY HE MAY GRANT YOU TO BE STRENGTHENED WITH POWER THROUGH HIS SPIRIT IN YOUR INNER BEING.”

On our knees comes the very strength and power we need to face our trials.  Yes, we may have specific requests of GOD, or no words at all.  But in any of them, HIS answer to us is that HE is GOD and we are not.  HE will and does teach us wisdom and humility in all our prayers.  And HE specifically answers in HIS time, in HIS way, in HIS will.  Oh what an amazing gift!  HE has given us HIS SPIRIT, the HELPER and COUNSELOR.  And for us to know, that HE will be with us……now and forevermore.

LUKE 18: 1  “AND HE TOLD THEM A PARABLE TO THE EFFECT THAT THEY OUGHT ALWAYS TO PRAY AND NOT LOSE HEART.”

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8 thoughts on “SPECIFIC REQUESTS/SPECIFIC ANSWERS

  1. Oh, and don’t I love this, Maxine!
    I had a devastating (to me) experience the other day, and my awesome, loving, Lord God was right there with me. It hurt me that family could be so selfish and unfeeling, but God held me and brought people in to comfort and calm me. I stayed in Him, and was able to be a channel, speaking truth in love and humbling myself. I don’t know that it changed anyone else, but God showed Himself so powerfully, and it was/is a lesson to me. He’s making me more like Him, even if I regress and bring out my flesh. He is so good!
    I love it that, the more we pray and read His Word, the more comfort and confidence and intimacy we have.

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    1. Kathy,
      I am sorry that happened…….breaks my heart. But GOD breaks our hearts for a reason. It is humbling and it causes us to go to our knees. I am ok with that if it brings me closer to my LORD. And while this happens, you pray and pray even more. So rest there and be stilled!

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  2. Dearest Maxine, I love you post! Thank you for your thoughts and insights into our faith! I’m praying continually for your surgery tomorrow, and your words below remind me so powerfully how best to pray. Romans 8:26 is perfect. I’ll call you in a bit, Love you, Jayne

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  3. More than once when I’ve been laying in bed & wanting to pray for people that I know need prayers answered. My mind will be racing so fast with so many of those faces & their needs that I can’t seem to get the words out before another face has presented itself as if saying please remember me in your prayers. I try to pray for each individual but sometimes it becomes a jumble. When that happens I ask God to see the needs of those as I picture each face or situation & I tell God that He knows what is needed & ask that He move in His Will. It’s hard sometimes to shut out the world & turn off our thoughts & focus. I’ve found myself asking God to clear my mind of the clutter so I can pray for others. And I find it’s harder for me to pray when I’m praying silently. Maybe that’s because in my life I’ve had to keep my mouth closed to keep the peace & avoid conflict. When I can’t seem to turn off my mind & it interferes with my prayers I ask God to see my prayers & those who need them. I’m thankful He can see my prayers when I can’t say them.
    God bless you my friend. You are in my prayers 🙏🏻🥰

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    1. So well said Suzanne……I get the jumble in my mind with too many thoughts and people and circumstances. Therefore the groan…….thank goodness for the SPIRIT!! And thank you for praying for me…..means everything with what I am going through!

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