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When There Are No Words

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” – Romans 8:26, NIV

Cheryl was about to head into her next college class when she got a text message from her mom asking her to call. Stepping outside the door, Cheryl quickly dialed her mom’s number and waited.

Her mom answered and told her that her little sister had just been diagnosed with leukemia. Her sister had been a surprise baby, born late to Cheryl’s parents. Cheryl was sixteen and often cared for her little sister like she was her own.

The two had formed a strong bond that hadn’t faded when she’d gone away to college. She still regularly texted with her little sister and sent her notes home.

When Cheryl heard the news, her stomach did a funny flip, and she felt like she couldn’t think. She was overwhelmed with pain and didn’t know how to process her mom’s words.

Sometimes, there are moments in our life when the pain we feel is so deep that there are no words. Maybe your family member was seriously injured in a car collision, or a dear friend lost her husband in a work accident.

In these moments, know the Spirit is praying for you and your loved ones. The Holy Spirit intercedes on your behalf constantly, so you’re always in God’s presence.


Lord, help! The pain is so big and so deep, it’s threatening to consume me. I can’t see anything, and I’m scared. Please be with me. Let me feel Your presence today! In Jesus’ name, Amen.


March 2 Devotional

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