Wordless Prayer

Give ear to my words, O Lord;

consider my groaning.

Psalm 5:1


Sometimes I don't know what to pray. Sometimes I don't know how to pray.

Maybe you feel that way at times. I think David did.

Give ear to my words, O Lord,

   Consider my groaning.

Sounds to me like his praying was a mixture of talking and sighing, speaking and groaning. Maybe he was hurting so much. Maybe he didn't know exactly what to say. Maybe he knew that God was there and God understood.

Those times when we don't know what to pray, those times when we hurt too much to pray, it's OK. God knows. God understands. God hears our wordless prayers. God considers our sighing.

And, the Spirit is right there interceding for us.

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. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27).

So, sigh on. Sigh on. Your Father hears.