Devotion by Trevor Bradley
In Romans 8 vs 26 we read: “In the same way the Spirit also helps us with our weakness; for we don’t know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words”.
I can identify, for at times I come before my Father and I don’t know how or what to say – all that comes from within is a ‘groan’, ‘cry’ or ‘a sigh’. It is at times like these that I wonder if I am getting through to the throne and whether or not my Father sees me, let alone understands my cries.
But this verse says that one of the gifts of Holy Spirit is to take my ramblings, my groans, my sighs, my cries, and He takes that ‘chaos’ and makes sense of it before throne of God, on my behalf. I am so thankful for His ministry in my life..
There is another aspect which daily gets underwritten in my heart and mind when it comes to praying. The verse in 1 John 5 vs 14 & 15 says this ” This is the confidence we have in Him”. Romans 8 vs 34 says Jesus also intercedes for us – so you have the Holy Spirit and Jesus praying for you today, and that if we ask anything in accordance with His will, He hears us.
That’s the assurance. But is it a miss and hit thing? No way! For I ask in accordance with His will when I bring His promises back to Him, and in my crying out to Him.
- Do we know what He has promised us re our broken hearts? Isaiah 61 vs 1 & 2 will tell you.
- Do we know what he has promised us when we are weighed down? Matthew 11vs 28, tells us.
- Do we know when that ‘thing’ looms large on our radar and we buy into the lie that we will never overcome? Romans 8 vs 37 confirms our victory.
THERE IS NOT A SITUATION I AM FACING OR WILL EVER FACE,THAT A PROMISE FROM MY FATHER, DOES NOT OR WILL NOT COVER.
Search with all your heart for a promise unique to your situation and bring it Him in humble submission before His throne of grace, and know that He hears. And when you can say no more, your groaning, sighing and tears are all you have left – know that it is then that the Holy Spirit will take that and bring that to our Father on your behalf. And he will hear and act.