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I am so troubled that I cannot speak...
I call to remembrance my song in the night;
I meditate within my heart,
And my spirit makes diligent search.
Will Adonai ... be favorable no more? ...
Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies?
~ from Psalm 77:4-9
When the soul is so overwhelmed that words falter, or one cannot find strength to speak, the Christian has an omnipotent Intercessor fluent in a language of groanings not unlike song, which transcends thought and feeling, time and distance, man and God.
Jesus calls His Spirit "Paraclete." The name is translated Helper, Comforter, or Advocate. Because the Greek paraklētos denotes a personal proponent similar to an attorney, I like "Counselor." The Spirit understands ways of Heaven's court which are unknown to me, sees the best interest of both me and the court, and works toward perfect reconciliation of the two.
If it seems that the prayers of our lips and soul have not obtained God's intervention, we have the option to fall silent before our Lord, and cease from expressing our will to Him.
Once we call to remembrance for the Spirit's comforting song language within our hearts, and make "diligent search" for His favor and "tender mercies," we are in a better place to ask what our Lord's will might be.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
~ Romans 8:26 (NKJV)
Tomorrow from Psalm 77, Remember Me, Act III:
What answer might be expected to the Spirit's prayer?
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