Someone is praying for you....really!
Romans 8:22-34
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
We use the phrase “I am praying for you” what a powerful sentence. Today’s devotion points out a staggering fact that is immediately humbling once it is understood by the reader in verse 26 and 27 of Romans 8 it says 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
And in verse 34 it says 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
When we utter those words I am praying for you and you see the expression on the persons face…that they are relieved that someone is praying for them we ought to be quick to remind them that Holy Spirit at that very moment in time is praying for them as well and passes those prayers to our Lord and Savior who is interceding on our behalf to the creator of the entire universe.
The same Holy Spirit Jesus left with the disciples is helping us like He did with Peter and Paul.
It screams 4 words we ought never to forget “We Matter to God”
Another 4 word phrase comes to mind “We are never alone”
And yet another 4 word phrase “Someone is always praying”
When something is troubling us and we don’t know what to do….what is our normal process? (Discuss)
It’s kind of different for each person isn’t it. I like quiet and low light where there are no distractions. I pray and although I would like an immediate response from God I know that is unlikely. The next thing for me is one of the hardest….leaving it on the altar with God and moving on knowing God will take care of it as He sees fit on His own schedule and in His own time.
When it comes to praying for other people…I would love to have an immediate answer to their situation…but we must remember…they are not usually asking us to solve their problem…they are asking us to pray for them.
We shouldn’t get bogged down in trying to fix everything…we cannot. Believe it or not God doesn’t need our help in that department.
There’s a great phrase “When all we can do is pray…prayer is enough”
That is why the phone tree is important…it shows our church believes in the power of prayer and we are joining the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ to specifically pray for that need and that person or persons.
So the next time we are faced with a situation and we don’t know what to do…remember thanks to the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ…our God is already on the case.
2016-09-23 14:02:00