And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” (Ezekiel 37:3).
What a great comfort it is to pray to a God who already knows. There is no breaking of news to God, nothing catches him by surprise. When we pray we may struggle to find the words to express the inner turmoil, sentences might be incomplete and words halting, but worry not - God knows. At times all we can do is turn our eyes heavenward and sigh. But God knows. Eyes might stay closed and thoughts race through our mind, making no sense to us, yet God knows.
Our darkest moments are often produced by the sense that we are alone, that no-one else quite understands. Our deepest frustrations can be caused by an inability to express ourselves clearly. The sense is there in our hearts, but it just will not come out coherently. It is in those moments that the knowledge that God already knows the contents of our hearts can be a consolation.
This was the experience of the Apostle Paul. He was no stranger to prayer, and his careful choice of words makes up so much of the New Testament, yet he also knew what it was to utter the wordless prayer of simple reliance upon God. In Romans 8:26 he wrote: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words”.
“O Lord GOD, you know”. When times are dark, cling onto that thought.