God with us and for us

Romans 8:26-28, 31: 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 with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

So often, we only consider this present world that we live in. Through our trials, disappointments and struggles, we put our focus and energy on what can be seen and what we think we can control. We try to solve our problems on our own terms without pausing to consider what God might be trying to tell us. Of course, we are often too busy to allow God to speak to us and to guide our lives. We allow so many other preoccupations to compete for our attention and our focus turns away from an available and caring God. We tend to believe that it’s us against the world and we often forget that God is for us and with us, in times of need and in our daily walk with God.

As God’s children, we know there to be a future, unseen world that exists. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, wants us to understand that our hope is not found in the things of this world but in the world to come. As God’s children, heaven is our home; it is what we were created for. Possessions and wealth will come and go in this world but what we have waiting for us in heaven can never be taken away. Our hope is not found in the things of this world but in the world that is to come.

In this world, we are not what we will be in heaven; we are still in many ways weak and we often feel inadequate, especially when praying to God. So when we pray, we often do not know how to pray effectively or specifically what we should be praying for. That’s where the Holy Spirit takes control, giving meaning to our prayers by filling in the gaps and giving our prayers more depth and meaning. We may not know what we are praying for but the Spirit does and He lifts our prayers directly to God.

So whatever it is that you are struggling with today, at this very moment, take those worries and concerns to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to give words and meaning to your prayers as they are carried directly before God. If you feel overwhelmed and you aren’t sure what to pray for, don’t let that stop you from praying to God. God knows what you need and the Holy Spirit will lift up your prayers and will shape those prayers in ways that we as humans can’t begin to imagine.

 Jude 20: But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.

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