Prayer: Teach me, O Lord, through your Word, in Christ. Amen.
26 Likewise 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.
Our DW tells us that he always looked up to his younger brother. His brother seemed to have it all together and excelled in most everything he attempted, even as a father. Yet even with all he had, he one day suffered from a disease (Meniere’s disease), which is thought to be caused by stress. I am reminded by this story that some people who appear to live near perfect lives, may suffer from stress trying to keep up the façade of perfection.
Do we not try to cover up our weaknesses? How much more might those who are “perfect” suffer from sometimes overwhelming pressures which can lead to crisis. It is in those times when we cannot even know how to pray, that the Holy Spirit will even intercede for us with prayers of “sighs too deep for words.” God knows the cries of our hearts even when we don’t choose to reveal it to others. Or perhaps even when we don’t realize it ourselves, God knows what we need even before we ask.
Prayer: “Holy Spirit, when I feel weak, afraid, or alone, please assure me of your presence. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
26 Likewise 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. 27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
God’s Love in Christ Jesus
31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.