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. (Rom. 8:26)

It is good to know that when I do not have words for prayer, but know I need to keep praying, I have a direct line of communication with the Father. The Spirit intercedes. If all I can do is groan, the Spirit takes those groans to the Father.

When I am in a time of anguish and don’t know how to pray, or only pray words over and over, such as, “Lord, bring justice for George Floyd,” I know the Spirit takes that to the Father. It may not make sense to me, but the Spirit helps it make sense to the Father.

Assist us mercifully with your grace, Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts by which you have promised us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)

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