I got a major kick the other day out of one of our newer members. He was telling me about a book he was reading related to the family but he was sure to mention that he didn’t start reading it before he read the “Exorcist” ! I had an internal “What???” before I realized what he meant. In our Bible reading program at church we were reading through Exodus recently and he got the title woefully jumbled up as he expressed it to me ! I suppose we have all done similar things by mispronouncing a word, but this one was a lulu for sure !!
When Paul wrote to the Roman believers and embarked upon the “sanctification” section of his book he came to chapter eight and mentioned something much related to my illustration. He wrote, “Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (vs.26). How many times have you tried to pray not knowing exactly what to express or articulate? God knows your heart ! Isn’t that great? Paul goes on, “And He that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession for the saints (you and I) according to the will of God.”
Have you ever prayed for someone to be saved but you have gotten in the way of their free will or for a believer who you know is struggling in some way and you realize you prayed for something that just wasn’t scriptural but you meant well? Maybe you are undergoing a trial and your prayer is just “Lord, get me out of this !” When God wants to make you better out of it. He knows your heart’s desire and translates that appropriately before the throne of grace. We may not be the best at verbalizing things to the Lord but He is perfect at knowing your heart and interceding on your behalf with what you pray to Him !!