When You Don’t Know the Words to Pray
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:26-28 KJV
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask — we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15). However, confidence is not perfection. Confidence doesn’t neutralize your faults or defects, or what you lack in some essential detail, or your inability to be exact and precise in prayer. So, can an imperfect person ever pray a perfect prayer?
The only way an imperfect person can pray a perfect prayer—when they don’t know the words to pray—is to pray with the help of the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised to pray to the Father and send believers another Comforter (Parakletos, Greek Text), i.e., one called alongside to help; an intercessor. He further promised to never leave believers Comfortless (Orphanos, Greek Text), i.e., an orphan; fatherless; or, parentless (John 14:16-18). When you don’t have words to pray, the Spirit will help you by praying in you and through you.
You are not left to your own resources to cope with your challenges and problems because you don’t know all the right words to pray. The Spirit searches your heart (Ps. 139:1-6; Jer. 17:10), and God knows the mind of the Spirit, and the Spirit prays through you according to the will of God—that’s perfect prayer—when the Spirit is praying though you, and Jesus ever living to make intercession for you at the right hand of Majesty (Heb. 7:25; 8:1; 10:12).
Do All Things Work Together for Good? The “Lord God” (Adonai) is Sovereign Lord who possesses supreme power and authority both in heaven and earth. Sovereign Lord works in all things—not just isolated incidents; but, everything that happens to you in life is not good. However, when you pray in the Spirit, things work together for good because you love God and are called according to His purpose. Remember, God doesn’t work to make you happy but to fulfill His purpose (Eph. 1:11). Whenever you don’t know the words to pray, pray in the Spirit!