Behold, he prayeth.” —Acts 9:11
Prayer gets God’s attention. This simple three word verse speaks volumes about the Lord. The Lord was calling Ananias to reach out and pray for the Pharisee from Tarsus. This would have been unthinkable for Ananias but those three words stood out, “Behold, he prayed”. Ananias was wary about visiting Paul until the Lord told him Paul was praying. Paul had just been awakened and his first recorded action was to pray.
Sometimes it seems we are so overwhelmed that we don’t even have the capacity to pray. That’s when the supernatural element of prayer kicks in and our prayers take on new power. We may be only able to muster a groan and some tears but the Holy Spirit energizes those groans into prevailing prayer. It’s when we are at our weakest that the strength of the Lord begins to shine. As Paul said later in his life in Romans 8:26 – “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.” Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on the prayers of the Spirit.
“Prayers are instantly noticed in heaven. The moment Saul began to pray the Lord heard him. Here is comfort for the distressed but praying soul. Oftentimes a poor broken-hearted one bends his knee, but can only utter his wailing in the language of sighs and tears; yet that groan has made all the harps of heaven thrill with music; that tear has been caught by God and treasured in the lachrymatory of heaven. “Thou puttest my tears into thy bottle,” implies that they are caught as they flow. The suppliant, whose fears prevent his words, will be well understood by the Most High. He may only look up with misty eye; but “prayer is the falling of a tear.” Tears are the diamonds of heaven; sighs are a part of the music of Jehovah’s court, and are numbered with “the sublimest strains that reach the majesty on high.” Think not that your prayer, however weak or trembling, will be unregarded. Jacob’s ladder is lofty, but our prayers shall lean upon the Angel of the covenant and so climb its starry rounds. Our God not only hears prayer but also loves to hear it.”
Remember what the Lord told Paul when he felt he was at his weakest, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness”. Maybe you feel like you are done, that’s okay, the Lord is just now getting started.