The Promise When Words Aren’t Enough

We hope for what we don’t have yet. So we are patient as we wait for it. In the same way, the Holy Spirit helps us when we are weak. We don’t know what we should pray for. But the Spirit himself prays for us. He prays with groans too deep for words. Romans 8:25-26 (NIrV)

As writers, we love words.

We love what they mean, how they sound, what they convey, how they flow in combination, the feelings they provoke, the stories they tell.

But there are times when words just aren’t enough.

There are times when words, no matter the combination or the intention or the meaning, cannot do justice to the depth of the emotion within.

There are times when even we, the ones who manipulate words for a living, can’t find the right ones to express the innermost thoughts and desires of our soul.

So we bask in the promise that the Holy Spirit, the one who dwells within us and sanctifies us, knows how to convey even our sighs and groans (AMP Bible) as prayers to the Holy one.

Praying over this verse brings peace in times of heartache, but also in times of joy, when our hearts are too full to describe what we’re feeling.

What a comfort it is to know that one so much more powerful than I, one who IS God, knows me well enough to convey the prayers I can’t even think of.

It’s beautiful. It’s overwhelming. It’s calming. It’s a promise.

And it makes it a whole lot easier to wait patiently in hope for what we do not have yet.

Share with me: What verses or promises has God been giving you lately?

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7 responses to “The Promise When Words Aren’t Enough

  1. Katie Ganshert

    I LOVE those verses! I’m doing a Bible study right now called Live a Praying Life and it’s turning my understanding of prayer upside down (in a completely great way). I used to think it flowed this way: from my heart to the Holy Spirit inside me to Jesus, our intercessor, to the Father’s ears.

    But now I’m starting to understand that it might be in reverse. God the Father speaks to Jesus, our intercessor, to the Holy Spirit inside us and these prayers well up inside of us. These prayers that are not of us, but from God’s own heart.

    Gives new meaning to: Delight yourselves in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

    The more time I spend with God, the more access I give Him to my life and my heart, the more He can breathe His heart and His will into mine.

  2. I LOVE those verses! I’m doing a Bible study right now called Live a Praying Life and it’s turning my understanding of prayer upside down (in a completely great way). I used to think it flowed this way: from my heart to the Holy Spirit inside me to Jesus, our intercessor, to the Father’s ears.

    But now I’m starting to understand that it might be in reverse. God the Father speaks to Jesus, our intercessor, to the Holy Spirit inside us and these prayers well up inside of us. These prayers that are not of us, but from God’s own heart.

    Gives new meaning to: Delight yourselves in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

    The more time I spend with God, the more access I give Him to my life and my heart, the more He can breathe His heart and His will into mine.

  3. I love this verse. Sometimes there simply are no words. I also love the verse that lets me know when I’m weeping, He bottles my tears. I like to think He carries them close to His heart.

    Beautiful post!

  4. Thanks so much for this post, Jennifer! Beautiful.

    I love to read that God will never leave us or forsake us–I need that reminder every day!

  5. Lindsay Harrel

    Ah, love, love, love this!

    I’ve always loved Phil. 4:13: “For I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”

    HE is in charge, and when I can’t take another step, He carries me. Love the truth.

  6. Beautiful post! I’m in Psalms right now. The verse I most recently highlighted fits well with your post. Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” That says it all.

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