I did a little research on this verse–specifically supplications. It is not a word we hear or use often. So I wondered what does it mean specifically? I know God hears our cries for help. But what are these supplications exactly?
I went to the dictionary and found this: the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.
Right underneath the Google definition was an article from www.gotquestions.org Unlike the prayer of petition, which is praying on behalf of others, the prayer of supplication is generally a request for the person praying.
We have been praying for others a lot this week. Sometimes it easy to pray for ourselves, sometimes not. I don’t know about you but I usually start with petitions for others and I often run out of time to get to myself. I throw in a quick confession and ask for grace, but I rarely ask for specifics, or even just a bless me in this situation today God. How about you? I know when I do take the time, it is worth it. It isn’t that I don’t think God will answer my supplications, I just don’t get to them.
But at the end of the article I found this that made me feel better: Because we often don’t know what or how to pray when we approach God, the Spirit intercedes and prays for us, interpreting our supplications so that, when we are overwhelmed by trials and the cares of life, He comes alongside to lend assistance with our prayers of supplication as He sustains us before the throne of grace (Romans 8:26).
How awesome is that? No matter what God hears and knows the cries of our hearts! He is great indeed. We are blessed indeed.