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Prayerful Sighs


When the hand of depression presses, the depth of the pain feels unbearable. Depression locks the mind away in darkness, sometimes even blocking the ability to attach words to distress. There are times when a heavy sigh speaks a thousand words as it escapes the lungs. And God can interpret each breath, pregnant with emotion, exhaled from those who feel like the living dead.


God hears our cry for help, even when it comes in the form of a sigh. God listens when our prayers flow in the form of distraught groans and heavy breathing.


He responds to your breathing towards Him in the valley of the shadow of death, even when confusion clouds your understanding of what you need. You aren’t even sure how to pray, but you know you need help. Your sighs are not meaningless movement of breath when directed at God, but rather hope-filled signs of life.


The Holy Spirit residing in you, child of God, “helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words” (Romans 8:26).

Faith-filled, wordless groans of the humble are more powerful that exquisite prayers of the wordsmith who just wants to appear holy. If you are in a state of sighing today, hold fast.


Jesus has made a way, the Holy Spirit intercedes, and God listens.

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