Day 23 – Help for the Restless

In the same way the Spirit also joins to help us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings.

—Romans 8:26

I love that we have an inside man. The Holy Spirit is someone who can take my jumbled thoughts and emotions to make them make sense. He goes beyond that to make them powerful prayers. He presents our prayers to God in such a way that leads the Father to act on our behalf. So many of the messes I’ve been in are self-inflicted. I’m so relieved I have the Holy Spirit to help me, a real and ever-present help.

Even in prayer, I often have my motives and intentions at heart. I want to get what I want, and it is hard to submit to the idea that God knows what is best for me and for others. I am constantly champing at the bit, constantly fighting to do God’s will. That struggle causes unrest in my soul. It causes stress and sleepless nights. There is nothing good in it for us when we are constantly trying to get what we want or what God has revealed in our own power. If we try and make it happen before the timing is right through our own efforts and ability, we will hit a breaking point. We will become discouraged, doubtful, and even have a hard time rising up to believe in that good future He has planned.

The hardest thing to do sometimes is admit I am weak, I can’t do it, and my way isn’t working. The situation the Lord has me in could very well be less than ideal. There have even been times I’ve spent in the wilderness, in a season of hardship. Yet, these times are not the ultimate plan. These are times to learn to rest in Him—no matter what is happening around me. When we fall back into trust, we fall into the arms of the One meant to help us. The Holy Spirit wants us to unclench our hands and take His so we can pray in a way only possible by faith. He wants us to let Him carry the weight, the burden of our needs. If He has promised to do something for us, He will follow through on it. It will happen.

The Holy Spirit can and will teach us as we wait. He will empower us to keep going when the way is rocky and we stumble. He holds on firmly enough to keep us from hitting the ground, like a toddler walking with his or her parents. His yoke is supposed to be light and easy, so when it is not, that’s a sure sign we are taking on too much of the load ourselves.

He asks us to come into His rest. The first step is to admit you are restless. That might require some wordless groanings as you turn away from your self-made source for rest. He will rush in to meet your needs with additional resources you’ve forgotten, like peace, clarity, and wisdom. He wants to fill us with love because we need His encompassing love to endure in this harsh, self-seeking world.

In admitting your needs, He will help you to see the blessing of pulling back. It is a great relief to find an oasis in the middle of the storm. There is nothing wrong with taking time to recharge, to find your own path to wholeness and healing. He will always show us the path back to a restful place when He will take our needs to the throne room of God. He takes our mess and makes it make sense. Crawl up in His lap today and find the help He so desires to give you.

Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit, so that I might let go of my restlessness to find my rest in You. I unclench my hands and take Yours. I fall into Your lap in order that You might help things make sense again. What a gift it is to be able to turn to You and know You are taking my needs to the Father! Thank you! Thank You for teaching me to depend on You. I trust you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought

Spend time in silence picturing yourself giving everything over to the Holy Spirit.

Band Discussion

  • Have you ever run out of words in prayer?
  • What do you find is the biggest benefit of running out of words in prayer?
  • What are the lessons you’ve learned during times of groanings, or in the wilderness?