Following Up & Following Through
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. (Romans 8:26-28, The Message)
Don’t you love reading unfamiliar translations of familiar Scriptures? Different translations can shed new light and offer fresh revelation. These are the same verses on which we reflected this past Sunday, a passage that calls us to seek “the mind of the Spirit” through prayer.
What comfort there is in knowing that the Holy Spirit prays for us when we don’t know how to pray. At the same time, the Spirit wants to offer us language to speak in prayer, too. We must try to pray even when we struggle with the words. We learn that language by immersing ourselves in a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
This week let us endeavor to follow up and follow through on our part in prayer. Set aside at least five minutes per day, preferably more, to spend with the Holy Spirit in prayer. Perhaps you will write your prayers down. Perhaps you’ll simply pray, “Come Holy Spirit,” and spend the rest of the time in silence. Perhaps you’ll sing a hymn and meditate on the words. Whatever form those prayers take, we must get in the habit of hallowing, or setting aside as holy, time everyday to learn from the mind of the Holy Spirit.
Let us move forward in deep hope that all is well, and all shall be well, for God is with us!
all good things to each of you,