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Tongue-Tied in Prayer - All Our Daily Bread Daily Devotionals for 2024

Tongue-Tied in Prayer details logo    Our Daily Bread - Saturday, March 6, 2022
  by RBC Ministries
Tongue-Tied in Prayer

Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 1-2, Mark 10:1-31

We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Romans 8:26

Today's Scripture & Insight: Romans 8:22-27

When my baby brother underwent surgery, I was concerned. My mother explained that "tongue-tie" (ankyloglossia) was a condition he was born with and that without help, his ability to eat and eventually to speak would be hindered. Today we use the term tongue-tied to describe being at a loss for words or too shy to speak.

Sometimes we can be tongue-tied in prayer, not knowing what to say. Our tongues tie up in spiritual clichés and repetitive phrases. We arrow our emotions heavenward, wondering if they will reach God's ears. Our thoughts zigzag along an unfocused path.

Writing to first-century Roman believers in Christ, the apostle Paul addressed what to do when we struggle to know how to pray, inviting us to find help from the Holy Spirit. "The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans" (Romans 8:26). The concept of "help" here is to carry a heavy load. And "wordless groans" indicates an interceding presence as the Spirit carries our needs to God.

When we're tongue-tied in prayer, God's Spirit helps shape our confusion, pain, and distraction into the perfect prayer that moves from our hearts to God's ears. He listens and answers, bringing the exact kind of comfort we may not have known we needed until we asked Him to pray for us.

By: Elisa Morgan

Reflect & Pray
When have you not known what or how to pray? How did God help you through that situation?

Dear God, thank You for Your Spirit's help when I don't know how to pray.
Tongue-Tied in Prayer


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