Romans 8:26 says, “…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.”
Often as I pray for my husband, our daughters, and the needs of other family members and friends, I come to prayer with a certain outcome in mind. While I ask for God’s will to be done, I may feel that what I desire to see happen is what would be best.
However, I can’t know the mind of Christ and how He may be working in a life. What a blessing it is to read in this verse that, while I may not even understand how to properly pray for something, the Holy Spirit takes my requests and conforms them to the will of God.
I have been blessed recently to see several answers to prayer – times where it seems God saw fit to answer my requests in what I would view as a positive way. Yet I must remember that, at other times, if I don’t see immediate results, it doesn’t mean that He is not hearing and working in the situation.
This aspect of prayer is yet another instance where I can learn to trust God by resting in the knowledge that He always does what’s best and that the Holy Spirit is interceding for me.