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26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God, who searches the heart, 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

I have found that prayer is something easily relegated to before dinners or during bedtime routines (not saying that from personal experience, or anything…).  Yet, prayer is much more than mere pleasantries.  It is a vital and deep conversation with God.  Jesus himself prayed during his earthly ministry (wild because he is God!), and he also taught his followers to pray.  Don’t believe me?  Check out the Lord’s Prayer and the time he spent before the crucifixion on the Mount.

While it might be difficult or awkward to pray at times, followers of Jesus have the incredible assurance that the Holy Spirit prays alongside us.  He prays alongside us and guides our prayers into alignment with God’s will.  Even the most frustrating sigh can be a source of God honoring prayer, for the Holy Spirit hears and speak through those longings.

Whenever you feel tired and exhausted, just sigh.  Take a deep breath, and sigh— for the Spirit of the Living God knows the mind of God (heading into deep Trinitarian waters, here) and can help you when you don’t know what to say.

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