For We Know Not What We Should Pray For

By David J. Stewart | September 2011

Romans 8:26, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: 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.”

What an interesting Scripture. I think most people when they go to pray know exactly what they want. I want this, I want that. Give me this, give me that. Yet the Bible says that we DON'T know as we ought. The Bible refers to this lack of knowledge as an infirmity. The Greek word for “infirmities” is astheneia, meaning “feebleness (of mind or body).” By implication the word means “malady; moral frailty: disease, infirmity, sickness, weakness.”

Verse 26 is explained by Verse 27, “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Thus, we as frail human beings cannot see the big picture like God can and does. Our minds are feeble and weak, and our bodies frail and headed for the grave; but God knows even the number of hairs on your head and keeps count. Luke 12:7, “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” God loves you.

From reading Romans 8:26-27, we now understanding why Jesus taught His disciples to pray “Thy will be done” in Matthew 6:10 and Luke 11:2. Even Jesus Himself in Matthew 26:42 prayed to His Father, “Thy will be done.” Jesus came into this world as the manifestation of the Godhead bodily to the world (King James Bible—1st Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:9). Jesus humbled Himself as a man (Hebrews 5:8), although He was still 100% God while in the flesh (John 10:33; John 1:1-3,14). Jesus prayed to God the Father, although He Himself is called “The everlasting Father” in Isaiah 9:6. Jesus is almighty God, “the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8). When Christ came to earth and took on flesh (i.e., became incarnate), the world beheld the Godhead in the flesh (John 1:1-3,14), our Creator (John 1:10).

This is “the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ” (Colossians 2:2, or the doctrine of the “Trinity” as some call it). I like the word “Godhead” because it is found in the Bible (if you have a trustworthy King James Bible); but the word “Trinity” is not mentioned in the Bible. All modern corrupt Bible versions have completely removed the three mentions of “Godhead” (Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9) from the trustworthy King James Bible.

The doctrine of the Godhead is under malicious and relentless attack in churches today, which is why evil men and women have removed it totally from all modern corrupt Bible versions. Romans 1:25 warns us that homosexuals and greedy God-haters would change the truth of God into a lie. And so it is today with the perverted New International Version (NIV). Sadly, it is the most popular Bible version used in America's churches today. What a shame!!!

The Bible teaches that we simply do not, and cannot, know what we ought to pray about. There are things going on in the spirit world, angelic and demonic forces, that we cannot see. We are blinded by the flesh. This is why the Bible tells us that our battle is not physical, but spiritual in nature. Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” The important thing is that we simply pray, trusting upon the Lord.

This is why we are told in Proverb 3:5-7, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” Most people are wise in their own eyes. The greatest act of humility is to pray. If you don't pray continually, you are proud. Let me say it another way... You are sinfully proud to the same extent that you pray. In 2nd Chronicles 7:14, which is a very popular Bible Verse concerning national revival, the first thing God mentions is humbling ourselves in prayer, followed by seeking God's face and turning from our wicked ways. In verse 15 God says His eyes and ears are attentive and waiting. God is waiting, and has been waiting for a long time, for America to repent.

The Bible teaches that no believer knows for what they ought to pray, because we are weak and feeble, limited and lacking complete knowledge. Only God is omniscient (all-knowing). Isaiah 55:8-9 teaches that God's thoughts and ways are far above our thoughts and ways, as high as the heavens (plural) are above the earth). That's a drastic difference. Thankfully, God gave us the Bible so that we could learn and know the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:4-5).

Yet, even with all the wonderful truths which God has given to us (Genesis 32:10), we are still not God and cannot see what He sees (that is, the big picture). We see and endure hardships, pain and suffering and often don't understand why, but God does understand and know exactly why. The Bible commands us to trust upon the Lord, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey. Amen!

Verse 28 (Pastor Lee Roberson's favorite Bible Verse), “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” It's all going to work out good in the end if you are a born-again Christian. Life is short and Proverb 27:1 says “BOAST NOT THYSELF OF TO MORROW, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Death could strike at any moment. Most people live as though they'll never die, but that's the big lie of the sinful world. Superstar singer, Amy Winehouse, drank herself to death. The booze cartel won't show you that!!! The Devil is a beautiful liar—always paying with counterfeit money, making people think that he doesn't exist, always showing people the neon lights of Las Vegas instead of the hospitals, prisons and morgues.

“The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power,
 to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour;
To lose one's wealth is sad indeed, to lose one's health is more,
to lose your soul is such a loss, that no one can restore.”

I don't know too many people who sincerely want to go to Hell. Most people who brag about going to Hell only do so because they really don't think Hell is real. They'll find out the moment their dust returns to the earth from whence it came, and their spirit returns into God's hands (Ecclesiastes 12:7). Hebrews 10:31, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

We are living on borrowed time my friend. Life is a gift from God, an opportunity to receive Jesus Christ (John 1:12) and have eternal life and happiness. God loves us with an unconditional love. Oh that men would set aside their love of sin, anger, and unbelief, and trust upon the precious name of Jesus. Hanging onto particular sins won't prevent you from being saved; but it will hinder you from coming to Jesus Christ to be saved (John 3:20). Put another way, those who hang onto their sins won't come to Christ for salvation, lest their deeds should be reproved; but if they did, Christ would save them (John 5:40). No one can forsake and cease from all sins to be saved. That's impossible. Even the best Christians who try to live right still fall and mess up every day. The faithful Apostle Paul struggled with sin (Romans 7:14-25).

Time is running out my friend, are you a born-again Christian yourself? And if so, are you trying to fetch others and bring them to the Lord for salvation? That's what soul-winning is—fetching lost sinners and bringing them to Jesus Christ via the Gospel to be saved.

In youth I'm too happy to think, I've got plenty of time left.
In manhood I'm too busy to think, I'm trying to make a lot of money.
In the prime of life I'm too anxious to think, worry has taken over.
When I start getting old, I'm too old to think—life's wasted, heart's got harder.
Dying in bed—I'm too sick to think, I'm weak and suffering.
Death is too late to think—time's over and opportunity is lost.
In eternity—forever to think, I'm in Hell now with no mercy, and lost forever.

This temporal world places emphasis on all the wrong things.

'Tis one life, will soon be past;
only what's done for Christ will last.

Do you know why it's often said that cleanliness is next to godliness? It's because they both require CARING. If a person doesn't care about how they smell, doesn't care if their apartment is clean, doesn't care if they look presentable; then they likely won't care about spiritual matters either. Caring is the hallmark quality of being a Christian. Oh that we as believers would care enough to pray, and pray for OTHERS (Philippians 2:4-5,21), and live to please God for which we were created (Revelation 4:11).

Thank God that the Holy Spirit maketh INTERCESSION for us, to help our infirmities when we know not what we should pray for. That is a wonderful insurance policy I think. Even when we pray and feel like we're forgetting something, or feel overwhelmed by our feebleness and humanity, God's Holy Spirit is interceding and helping us. Isn't God precious to do that? All God asks of us is to pray. Even if we mess up, God straightens everything out for us. This is why we are repeatedly told to pray THY WILL BE DONE, putting everything into God's hands.

The Bible never says that we have to understand everything to pray, God just commands us to PRAY WITHOUT CEASING (1st Thessalonians 5:17). The more we grow in the Lord, the more we're going to feel compelled to pray about more things. To the same extent that we care about others and want to please the Lord, to that same extent our prayer time is going to expand. This is why I believe God told us to pray without ceasing. God understands and is being reasonable with us. Romans 8:26 ought to greatly encourage all of us to pray. God PROMISES to help our infirmities when we pray. What a wonderful God!

Souls are Dying

Too long I've laid me down to sleep, and prayed the Lord my soul to keep.
I should awake before I die, and realize time is passing by;
And rise and go and tell the lost, despite my plans despite the cost.
Too long I've laid me down to sleep, while multitudes about me weep;
And other cries of dark despair, for no one ever seems to care.
My life is short, and soon I'll stand, with sinner's bloods upon my hand;
Unless I wake before I die, and realize time is passing me by.

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Souls are Dying

“In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God,
and that obey not THE GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
—2nd Thessalonians 1:8

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