I was scrolling through Facebook the other morning, and one of my friends shared a photo of a prayer. It began, “Dear Jesus,” followed by a jumble of letters. Then, “Amen.
The caption on the photo was Romans 8:26: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that the very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.”
If you are like me, then you too might find yourself at a loss for words to add to your prayers. My heart, at times, feels so heavy I do not even know where to begin.
But that’s where passages like this one from Paul to the Romans can have a calming effect. The message that Paul gives us is one of hope in the midst of despair.
We know that the Holy Spirit is always among us, and we are not alone. We know that God is present in our greatest need. This is the Good News–that even in this time of uncertainty–God is with us giving us confidence and hope.
The message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Jennifer Michael.