January 2, 2019
365 Days of the Great Names of God, Day 33: Intercessor
"The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express." (Romans 8:26 NIV)
Sometimes when I pray, all I can say, with a shout or a sob, is, "PLEASE, God." When words fail—either because I don't have any or because I have too many to sort out—I'm grateful to know that the Intercessor stands in the gap. The Holy Spirit takes what I'm trying to pray and what I don't even know to pray in the first place and "groans" on my behalf and on behalf of the people I'm praying for.
Still, I want to do my part and be faithful in passionate prayer and not just default to "please, God" too often. Here is where I think the names of God can assist: I can pray the provision represented by God's names for the friends and family who are on my mind.
I can ask the Provider to supply their needs.
I can ask the Comforter to help them.
I can ask El Shaddai to show them His might and sufficiency.
I can ask the Hiding Place to shelter them.
I can ask the Prince of Peace to guard their hearts.
I can ask the Fortress to protect them from harm and preserve them for good.
And then, where my words fail, I can trust the Intercessor to speak.
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