We live in an age of automation. Technological applications are often used so that human input is minimized. Auto-start automobiles and auto-open doors are prime examples. I recently became aware of ‘auto-tune’. Recording studios often use computer software that enables the correction of an out-of-tune vocal performance. After hearing a tape of myself singing during a worship service, I could certainly use auto-tune.

Life presents us with many of perplexing problems and situations that merit our prayers. However, some of them seem so complex that we struggle with exactly how we should pray. God’s word that states,  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9, NKJV). We don’t want our human weakness to cause us to ask amiss. How grateful we can be that the Lord understands the weaknesses and imperfections in our spiritual life. Although our intensions are to be perfectly in tune with Him, our fallen nature limits us.

Nevertheless, if we approach Him with clean hands and a pure heart, His grace makes provision for us. It is the Lord’s original version of auto-tune. Scripture assures us, 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 intercessions for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God”  (Romans 8:26-27, NKJV).

Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy will be done.” When we do so, we acknowledge God’s right to rule. We do not pray, “My will be done”; we pray, “Thy will be done.” Asking that God’s will be done is a demonstration of our trust that He knows what is best. It is a statement of submission to God’s ways and His plans. We ask for our will to be conformed to His. The Holy Spirit can take my ‘out-of-tune’ prayers and express the cries of my heart to the Father in an appropriate and acceptable manner.

The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer.—Psalm 6:9

~ Brother Roy

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