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A mom walked into the room to check on her daughter when she noticed something odd. He daughter sat quietly on the floor, reverently whispering her ABC’s over and over. This continued for a few minutes. When the little girl had finished, her mother approached her and asked what she had been doing. With complete honesty, the little girl looked up and said, “I was praying to God.”

Confused by the answer, the mother asked, “If you were praying to God, why were you saying your ABC’s?”

With great wisdom the little girl responded, “Well, I felt like I should pray but I didn’t know the right words to say. So I figured if I repeated my ABC’s over and over again, God would fit the letters together to form the words my heart was praying.”

Words are powerful! As a pastor, I am called upon to use my words to pray, to give encouragement, and even hope in life’s darkest moments. But there are times I feel my tongue has fallen out of my mouth. Many times I am lost for words, having no clear direction on how to pray. Thankfully, according to scripture, I don’t have to worry about constantly coming up with the right words all the time.

“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 with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” Romans 8:26-27 (NIV)

The Spirit of God, who is living, directing, and drawing us closer to God the Father INTERCEDES for us, knowing our heart. The Spirit knows the words to use. The Spirit communes with our spirit and God, sharing our concerns, our heartache, our passions, our desires, our frustrations, and even our weaknesses. And through communion with the Spirit, our will comes in line with the Fathers. No longer do we fear for the words which cannot be formed. No longer are we afraid to approach the very throne of God through our prayers. Instead, we can have BOLDNESS to go directly before God, whether we are eloquent or simple, whether we speak many words or few, whether we are certain of ourselves or struggle with insecurities and failures. The Holy Spirit speaks our heart directly to the very heart of God. When was the last time you approached God’s throne with Boldness? Why not approach Him today?

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