Pray (Day 30) – Stillness
By NMC - October 23, 2015
Posted in Pray
Romans 8:26-27 “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 through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”
When I was taught about prayer in Sunday School, I was told that prayer is a talking with God; it’s a conversation with Him. As I grow into this adult skin and pick out the pieces of incomplete theology, I know this is one of them. It’s not inaccurate, but it’s certainly not complete. Thinking that prayer is a conversation with God will inevitably leave me feeling empty. I know what a normal conversation is like. If I want to talk to a friend, I pick up the phone and call her. I say some words, and she says some words. I’ve never had this kind of conversation with God.
Often times I’m left speechless in my prayers because of this incomplete definition. In these moments, I don’t know what to say to God or how to pray. So instead of saying anything, I ask Him to fill the spaces, to pray the words I can’t even articulate. I am still in His presence, not listening for an audible voice, but simply being with Him. I believe this is a key part of prayer that extends past “talking with God.” In the stillness and silence, I give the Holy Spirit permission and space to pray for me in groanings words cannot express. And it’s in this stillness that I find a bigger definition of prayer.
Father, teach me to pray. Expand my concept of prayer. Teach me to seek You in the moments of stillness, and allow me to find You there. Thank You for interceding for me with groanings words cannot express.