Monday, April 5

Join the conversation

Scripture: Joshua 1, Proverbs 8, Romans 8

Romans 8:26–27 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.

Romans 8:34 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.

Observation

Romans 8 is one of the greatest chapters in the Bible, and would be worthy of memorizing the whole thing!  

Paul says that the Spirit is interceding for us in accordance with the will of God.  And later, he says that Jesus is also interceding for us.  

The word “intercede” is a Greek word that means “to make an earnest request through contact with the person approached; to approach, to appeal, to intercede on behalf of another.”  

Both Jesus and the Holy Spirit are appealing to the Father on my behalf, praying for me in accordance with the will of God.  The Triune God is having a conversation about me right now.  Mind-boggling…and comforting.

Paul asked other people to pray for him—nothing wrong with doing that.  But the greatest comfort is knowing that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are praying for me, appealing to the Father on my behalf, in accordance with the will of God.  I am in good hands!

Application

I often don’t know what to pray for (v. 26), but the Spirit does, and I can trust that my surrendered groan is enough.  This changes the way I pray.  Father, Son and Spirit are talking about me and my concerns, and I’m invited to join the conversation.  It would be wise to join it as a listener first, and try to hear what God wants.  But when I can’t discern, I can express myself knowing that I’m being helped by the Spirit, who is praying for me—and where necessary adjusting my prayers to God’s will.   

Today, I’m going to pray with fresh confidence that I’m joining a conversation that is already underway, that God knows what I need and is already on it, and is working according to His perfect will, not mine.

Prayer: Lord, help me to pray like this…to join the conversation You are already having, to listen, to surrender, to trust.