God calls us to be people who pray, serve with our gifts, and live wisely.

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In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans.

Romans 8:26

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Have you ever struggled to find the words to express what’s going on inside you? Maybe the pain was too great, the questions too big, or the tragedy too awful. You weren’t even sure where to begin in your prayers or what words to use. At times, it seems like a deep sigh, an anguished scream, or sobbing tears are the best expressions of our prayers.

This verse from Romans tells us that can be enough. There’s some mystery at work here — things going on beyond what we can see and fully understand. When we struggle to find words for our prayers, the Holy Spirit is expressing our inner struggles.

There will be times when our prayers consist of only a breathless Help! or Why? or What next?. There will also be times when we can’t even find or utter those words. In all these times, the Spirit is at work in and through us. God knows our hearts, even when we can’t find the words.

Chris Cash

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Loving God, even in the times I can’t find the words to pray, you know. Even when I pray through sighs and tears and screams, you hear and understand. Amen.

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May you go to live a life of wisdom, prayer, and service to others.

Chris Cash

Chris Cash serves as pastor of Oxford Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Georgetown, KY. He is a graduate of the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and lives in Georgetown with his wife, Erin, and daughter, Ella. He enjoys reading, running, superheroes, and baseball — especially the (finally!) World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.

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