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Prayer out of wordless sighs

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One morning I was having a tough time getting my peace, finding a prayerful window of stillness—that feeling of oneness with God that stills and lightens and illumines every thought for the day. I was in a swamp of nowhere thoughts—so I threw out a line for anchor, prepared to seek till I found, opened the Bible at random, and read some verses I wasn’t familiar with. Here’s what I found:

“The moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good” (Romans 8:26–28, Eugene Peterson, The Message).

This passage just took my breath away. To think …

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