Several years ago my oldest boys and I were on a trip and my wife was home with the younger boys. The youngest was just beginning to talk. He was often quite serious about things and, as they were praying in the evening for us, he decided to chime in. He prayed in some unknown tongue, with a fervent heart, rattling on to Jesus. No one but Jesus knows what that little guy, just one year old, had to say that day. We had a safe and very special trip.
God hears the prayers of those who look to Him. He knows our hearts. He knows what we are trying to say, even when we can’t get the words just right.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26
Have you ever been too distraught or too confused or too overwhelmed to pray? Have you ever entered the presence of the Lord with groans? If you have, then you know that the Spirit is able to take those sighs and groanings to the Father on our behalf. He hears and He understands. When we don’t even know what to say, He says it for us.
The Lord loves you. He loves to have you come to Him. He wants you to be with Him. He wants to bless you, protect you, and care for you.
Prayer is not magic! We do not have incantations of words to memorize for certain actions or results. We must never think that way. There is not a magical formula for us to use in order to receive what we need. Prayer does nothing for us by itself. Prayer is simply a tool we use to connect our hearts to the Lord’s heart.
And if groaning is acceptable, then what difference would it make what posture we use? Would loud groaning be better than quiet or silent groaning? Do you see how silly some of these teachings are? Our Lord loves us and He hears us when we come to Him.
I believe that God hears the prayers of infants who come to Him. I believe that God hears the prayers of people suffering from mental or emotional illness or impairment. I believe God hears us when we don’t know what to say or say the wrong thing. I believe God listens past the words and hears our hearts.
Our heart to His heart. That’s what prayer is.