do u believe in prayer?
yesterday on facebook an old friend of mine asked the question do you believe in prayer? my initial response was that prayer isnt something i believe in bc i dont put any faith in my ability to communicate w god. this answer apparently stirred my friend as well as another old friend to ask me privately what i meant so i responded..
i guess it was in the way the question was asked. for some it may b just semantics but for me it isnt. the wording of the question supposes prayer to b something one can believe in or put faith in – which as far as i understand means its some sorta formula. 2 believe in and put faith in my ability to communicate w god – my ability to say the right words or follow procedure by bowing my head and closing my eyes etc – doesnt seem worthy of belief or faith 2 me. prayer is no more than conversation and conversation is not something to place faith in.
but god on the other hand…jesus? thats where my faith is. bc even when my words dont make sense or come out right – even when i dont have any words at all – the father knows me. he knows my heart and mind. he knows wot im trying to say even if ive butchered it and said it all wrong. he knows what im needing even if i cant express it properly. thats wot a good father does. he knows his child. and thats what i believe in. thats where i place my faith – in gods ability to know me despite my broken attempts to communicate with him.
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. and he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the spirit bc the spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of god. and we know that for those who love god all things work together for good – for those who are called according to his purpose.