Learning to Groan

26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words (Romans 8).

All creation knows how to groan (at least figuratively speaking: verse 22), and here we see the Spirit knows how to groan on our behalf.  But here’s the thing — we do not know.  The only other place this word is used is in Acts 7:34 where, before his stoning, Stephen relates how God sent Moses to Egypt because of the groans of the Israelites in captivity there.

Our weakness” is just that “we do not know how to pray as we should,” and we do not know how to pray as we should because we don’t know how to “groan,” and we do not know how to groan because we are too self-sufficient to see our helplessness and need.  We do not see either the shackles on us already, or else those waiting for the chance to be placed on us.  We are just not desperate enough.

Lord, teach us This Day to pray as we should!  Teach us to be desperate for You!  Teach us to groan!  Amen.