Thursday, April 02, 2020

In their own words: Day 37

Romans 8.26

The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.

Paul knows that the world is not as it should be, and longs for change. In the passage that precedes this, Paul has spoken about “the whole of creation groaning in labour pains”, waiting for God to bring to birth his new kingdom, “the revealing of the children of God.” But sometimes, for him, and for us, that change can seem to be a long time coming. Paul compares it to a woman in labour, knowing something good will happen, but going through pain in the process.  Sometimes we can’t even find the words to express what we feel and long for.
At these times, says Paul, God’s Spirit prays within us “with sighs too deep for words”. We don’t have to know what we want to say to God. He knows what is on our hearts.

·         Today, just sit with God and remind yourself that he knows what you feel and need. Can you trust that he hears you even when you can’t find the words you need?

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