My friend, may I ask you a question? Did you know, that the greatest ghostwriter of all, the Holy Spirit, is often tasked with the challenge of interpreting our ideas and translating them into prayers before God?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I am a writer. Words are my friends–ideas my passion. That’s what keeps a writer writing. Sometimes we take simple ideas and expand them out into large books, while we are as comfortable capturing a complex idea and winnowing it down to a small book. Nevertheless, this tool, while given to some, is largely missing from most people’s spiritual toolboxes. For the vast majority of folks, writing is not only a burden, it’s can be a curse–a phobia called Scriptophobia. Yet, there are times when words are needed even from the least of these. For example, there are those times in life when due to a significant event, a meritorious accomplishment, or a lifetime of achievement, that words are required to tell the story and the teller may be at a complete loss for them. What do they do? Choices are few but you could try to hack your way through relying on a team of editors to translate the inevitably disjointed and poorly described thoughts into good writing, or you could do what many do in this instance, overcome their Scriptophobia by hiring a ghost writer, someone who will take your thoughts and translate them into words, sentences, and paragraphs.
Ghostwriters are a godsend when you are faced with the need for words, sentences and paragraphs to complete a writing project that you aren’t able to handle. Give them input and a place to write, they will usually put you ideas into words. Did you know, that the greatest ghostwriter of all, the Holy Spirit of God, is often tasked with the same challenge when trying to interpret our “goes without saying” ideas and translating them into meaningful supplications before the throne of God?
Oswald Chambers writes. “We realize that we are energized by the Holy Spirit for prayer; and we know what it is to pray in accordance with the Spirit; but we don’t often realize that the Holy Spirit Himself prays prayers in us which we cannot utter ourselves. When we are born again of God and are indwelt (sic) by the Spirit of God, He expresses for us the unutterable… We have to remember that our conscious life, even though only a small part of our total person, is to be regarded by us as a ‘temple of the Holy Spirit.’ He will be responsible for the unconscious part which we don’t know, but we must pay careful attention to and guard the conscious part for which we are responsible.” (My Utmost For His Highest, November 7)
We read in Romans 8:26. “In the same way, 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). Communicating our ideas, longings, and supplications to God the Father comes easier at times than at others. There are those times especially when how we feel doesn’t seem to translate into words at all. You start a prayer and ramble around for a while searching for the right words and eventually trail off into disjointed, unrelated phrases. We’ve all been there. The need for supplication remains, but the structure of prayer is missing. Thats when the Holy Spirit of God steps in, puts on his editing cap and translates our feelings into just the right words; especially at those times when we seek answers to problems we can’t even put into words. It’s comforting to know that when we are at a loss for words, the Holy Spirit has a surplus for them. Our job is to give him a proper place to write and he will do the rest.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank your for the gift of the Holy Spirit, especially in those times when we aren’t able to put our supplications into words that we can even understand. Help us Lord to rely on your Holy Spirit to be our interpreter. Forgive us when we don’t keep our bodies swept and maintained, giving the Spirit a right environment in which to dwell. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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