Friday, 30 March 2012
I, in my "spare time," coach a Junior Bible Quiz Team. They have to answer all these Bible trivia and theology questions faster than kids from other churches. And this weekend, I took them to the state championships, and they placed 6th. In their first year doing it (against teams who've been doing it forever). So, needless to say, I'm pretty proud of them.
There's this question they have to learn though, and the answer has really stuck with me.
Question (for 20 points). According to Romans 8:26, what does Paul say is the main weakness of our prayers?
Answer: We don't know what to pray for as we should.
This hits me like a bullet in the chest every time, because it rings so true in my life. I do not know what is best for me. Many times, when praying for my future wife, or my future in general, I have no idea what I'm supposed to pray for. Seriously, I don't know what to pray. Paul talks about wordless groans -- I feel like that's how my prayer life is sometimes. I don't even know what I'm supposed to pray as I should.
And I'm thankful that in my complete weakness, and lack of understanding of who God really is, or what he wants to accomplish through my life, that the Holy Spirit helps me. I hear so many people saying, "If God only came and did 'x', then 'y' -- and 'y' is usually, "everything would be made right". Maybe it's the skeptic in me, but I usually end up thinking, That person has no idea. Seriously though. Maybe they have it figured out, but I don't think you have the answers to all of your life's problems, and if you really did, you wouldn't need a Savior.
So, once again, I find myself, weak and humble, not knowing what I need, Lord, but knowing I need more of You. Holy Spirit, come and help me, lead me, and guide me in your truth.
Can you relate to this Bible quiz question and answer? Do you find yourself not knowing what you need, praying for what you want instead? What encouragement is there for those who have no clue what to pray for?