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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, December 23, 2016
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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. (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.
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. –Romans 8:26 (NIV)
Connie L. Miller (Indiana) titled her story “GOD HEARS OUR PRAYERS;” here is a portion of Connie’s story:
“Our Bible study leader makes a list of our prayer requests so that we can pray for one another’s specific needs. . . . I recently asked the group to pray . . . Then I began to worry that I was praying for the wrong thing and that I had encouraged several other people to pray amiss as well.
“Troubled about this situation, I told my fears to God. . . . I pray for God’s will to be done and for my heart to be willing to follow where God leads me.
“When I don’t know what to pray for, I can trust that the Holy Spirit will intercede.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God hears us even when we do not know what to pray for.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for hearing our prayers always, even when we struggle to pray. Thank you for Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. They kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” 9Luke 11:2-4, KJV). Amen.
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