"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; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God." Romans 8:26-27
We often pray and do not know exactly what or how to pray. There are times when the need and the answer seem clear, but many times we are left without a sense of direction or certainty. When we pray, we know that we need to ask according to God’s will, but there are times when that is hard for us to discern. In these moments, the most important thing to remember is that we still must pray. God knows our limitations and weaknesses. Even when we do not know what is best for us or how to pray, he steps in and, in mercy and grace, gives us what we need. A halting and uncertain prayer is vastly superior to one that is never offered.
If we do not lift our hands in prayer, we are forfeiting not just the help that we receive through prayer, but the help that God gives us to shape and mold our prayers and desires through His Holy Spirit. There are times when the process of praying and listening to God’s voice is far more important than the immediate answer to our prayers.
As we cry out to God for help, we need to listen to His Spirit and yield our desires to His.