Do you get as tired of and frustrated at calling a phone number and getting an automated response, as I do? “If you are asking about…..press 1, if you are asking about….press 2, for all other inquiries, press 3.” I most always end up pressing the “for all other inquiries” number because what they offer me on the other selections is rarely what I want to know. Then music is played while I wait. Sometimes the music is not at all what I enjoy, but at other times, I’m singing along, even bee-bopping around a bit, to the point that when an actual human speaks to me, I have to quickly regroup my thoughts to remember why I’m calling!
I’m so thankful that in our spiritual worlds, “for all other inquiries,” there is no frustrated hope that the person on the other end of the line has the answer we seek. There are times we know precisely what we want to ask God. We feel we know exactly what we need, so we ask in complete assurance of His care for us, and that He has the answer we seek. When we call God, He is immediately on the receiver; we are connected to the heavenly helpline.
Of course, there are times in all our lives when trouble is brewing and we can’t think what to ask God! Words don’t come! We are upset, in sorrow, frustrated, feeling hope has been lost! We need something and want something from our Heavenly Father — but what? Turmoil of heart dulls our thinking and reasoning. That’s where the comfort of Romans 8:26-28 comes into play. “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for, but the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together fo the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Isn’t that an amazing passage of Scripture?
We all have times of being tongue tied as we consider what to ask God. We can’t figure out what we need so how can we ask? Isn’t it comforting that the Holy Spirit, who resides within each child of God, knows us so intimately that He always knows what we need. Never fear coming to your Heavenly Father for lack of words to express. Just come, wait before Him in trust, knowing He is hearing your needs. The Holy Spirit is telling Him and He will always answer.