More often, He whispers to us.
And we just need to listen.
A friend commented on yesterday’s post that the reference to Romans 8:28 was the second time she’d seen it that day.
I take that stuff seriously and it’s no coincidence.
She needed that verse and God used two separate opportunities to share it with her.
Romans 8:28 is a great verse, popular with Christians for its promise that God works all things for good.
But two verses earlier is a gem of a promise that is so powerful.
Romans 8:26 says, “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.”
The Holy Spirit Himself is praying for us.
When you’re discouraged about a situation, and you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to take over… when the tears are more than there are words, and the deep longing in your heart feels like it will overwhelm you…
The Holy Spirit isn’t just our Comforter; He is our Intercessor.
He knows our hearts, as referenced in verse 27, “And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
That last part is important… our request has to line up with God’s will.
I pray daily for someone I love very much; I have confidence that my request lines up with God’s will because He wants all to repent and come to His saving grace (2 Peter 3:9).
So I continue.
But some days, it’s just too hard.
I long for action, and I don’t see it, though I trust my prayers are being heard.
And at those times, I ask the Holy Spirit to take over my prayer and go to the Father for me.
He probably won’t intercede over a Ferrari, but if your longing is what’s in God’s plan, trust the Holy Spirit to intercede and watch Romans 8:28 happen before your very eyes!
Today, as you pray, thank the Holy Spirit for being the best prayer partner you could ever have.
Thank Him for going ahead of you when you no longer have the words.