There are times I wake up in the middle of the night with an overpowering urge to pray; either for myself, for a friend, a family member, a stranger, or just for comfort and much needed inner peace in the realities of our dark and confused world. There are many times I don’t even know what to pray or why God has asked me to pray at specific moments; odd, and honestly, disrupting moments. Times I’m “busy”. Do I listen? Always. Do I pray? Not always. But my view and selfishness has been changed this morning.
When sensitive to God’s Spirit, we have the power to overcome many obstacles Satan has thrown on our path. It’s not easy, and God didn’t promise it would be. But prayer brings light, confidence and stamina, back into the sudden dark and insecure shadows of Satan’s schemes. We can see [them] with open eyes. We may not even know who to pray for, but God promises the Holy Spirit will intercede for us during those times.
An interesting revelation I had this morning was that, the Holy Spirit doesn’t just intercede through us for us, but also calls us to be bodies of Christ to be used as a vessel for others. The Holy Spirit will use us to pray for others that don’t know what to pray. Others that may need immediate pray. Others that may be in a dangerous situation that can’t pray. Even when we, ourselves, don’t understand why we need to pray the Holy Spirit intercedes with words of truth. He gives us the words to pray for those in need.
So when you feel God prompting you to pray, even when the timing doesn’t seem reasonable or timely, pray anyway. You may not even know what – or who – you are praying for, but God knows and is using you and calling you to be the vessel for the Holy Spirit. “Wrestle” in prayer for others, He will give you the words.
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. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.