God Initiates, We Respond

Feb. 2013 picIn the same way, the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And [through this] we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:26-28, NASB)

Did you get that?

Through the groaning of the Spirit within, God prays through us, and through that praying brings something new to birth, usually in us first, but also in our situations.

God initiates.

We respond.

Stop and take a moment to reflect on the Romans text. Think of a time when you didn’t know how or what to pray, and all you could do was groan. Perhaps you are groaning now with the weight of grief or deep despair. Ask the Spirit to pray through you to accomplish some great good.

I am thankful, Holy Spirit, that You are always involved in my prayers…that when I am weak, and don’t know how to pray about certain situations, You are always there.  I am amazed that You search my heart and pour out the will of God through my groaning.  Would You pray through me now to accomplish something within Your kingdom that will bring glory to Your Name? 

–Adapted from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.


Prayer Points

Praise God that he is greater than all gods—and does what pleases him (Ps. 135:5-6). Give thanks that God has “set apart the godly for himself; . . . [and] hears [you] when [you] call” (Ps. 4:3). Confess your difficulty in accepting that what the Lord does is always good for you or will work out for good (Jer.29:11-14; Rom. 8:28). Commit yourself to spending time with God daily, reading his Word, and claiming these promises for your life. Ask God to keep you faithful as you seek to grow in him.

Pray that God’s plan and purpose will not be hindered by threats of Satan and his hosts as God does not want “anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.

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