Yesterday I made a motel reservation. It was not easy. It was difficult for me to understand the person who answered the phone and I think he had a difficult time understanding me. When he read back what he had confirmed for us, it was for five nights and several hundred dollars at Williamsburg, VA. What I had asked for was one night at Williamsport, PA. After much spelling of words we finally got it right. Communication can be most difficult. I wonder how many wars have started merely because two sides were not able to clearly talk to each other.
My communication attempts were out of this country. So how amazing is it that we can clearly communicate with no translation problems when we send a message out of this world? Or are our prayers out of this world? If Paul is correct when he speaks about our being temples for God, and I am sure he is correct, then our prayers need not leave us to be heard, understood and accepted. This makes Romans 8:26 make sense. “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”
We are known so intimately by God, He knows exactly what we need even better than we know. Some days we need not be specific for what we ask. Just say, “Lord, you know exactly what I need today. I don’t. So I will trust you to do it for me.” While that sounds easy, it is also scary. What if in His wisdom He takes the opportunity to do a bit of pruning. I know it is good for the long run, but it might hurt some in the short run.
Written by Roger Bothwell on May 28, 2014
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