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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, October 19, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
As a believer, you are not left to your own resources to cope with problems. Even when you don’t know the right words to pray, the Holy Spirit prays with and for you, and God answers. With God helping you pray, you don’t need to be afraid to come before him. Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for you “in harmony with God’s own will.” Then, when you bring your requests to God, trust that he will always do what is best.
God works in “everything”–not just isolated incidents–for our good. (NLT)
Romans 8:18-27 – Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, everything on earth was subjected to God’s curse. All creation anticipates the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And even we Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as his children, including the new bodies he has promised us. Now that we are saved, we eagerly look forward to this freedom. For if you already have something, you don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t have yet, we must wait patiently and confidently.
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.
Chris Surber (Haiti) titled his story “WHEN WE HAVE NO WORDS;” here is a portion of Chris’s story:
“. . . I couldn’t understand my son’s mutterings, but God understands even the groanings of our hearts. God knows our needs, hurts, and longing. Even when we have no words to speak, we can turn to God and know that God will understand.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God understands our prayers even when we don’t have the words.
Prayer: Amazing God, let our hearts never grow silent, even when we have no words to say. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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