For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:22-28

The prayer we pray from the deep longing of the soul does not need eloquence or proper form; it is much deeper. The private feelings of the heart poured out before the Lord and understood by Him through His very own Spirit are not meant to be “good” they are just real.

We are eager, together as a body and as individuals, to put aside the pain of this world for the bliss of eternity. But we are not alone through that struggle. God searches our hearts and knows our every moment. We can pray with that in mind and let that change our posture toward Him. There is no shame in simply going to Him with everything you have been through. He was with you when it happened, and He wants to hear you and comfort you now.

Ethan Kirl

Originally Published September 24, 2021