A good starting point for this tour of the Word is the following passage:
Rom 8:26-30 (ESV) (1)
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 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 among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
We are fond of quoting the central part of this passage, “And we know...called according to His purpose,“ but rarely look at the power that we are invoking. Look at the 1sttwo sentences, as succinct statement of the power and role of the Holy Spirit.
How often do I feel that I don't know how to enter into prayer for a given situation. Sometimes, I, in mock humility, cry out that I don't know how to pray in the current situation.
I happen to be correct because in my focusing upon myself, I am isolating myself, Is it another form of telling God, I can do it, I can fix this problem? Yup! Right back to the Garden, believing the Lie, that I will know as a god.
But when I acknowledge that a member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is there, hands outspread, pleading, let me help, let's work on this together. Now we have a team, I am the water boy, but laboring with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 27
Evening: Psalm 80
"Voices Together" is available as an annual daily devotional and can be purchased at the Fellowship Of Ailbe bookstore. All Scripture is taken from the NJKV unless otherwise noted.