May 12: The Holy Spirit Prays for Us
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Have you ever been in a situation in which you just didn’t know what to pray? You may have had some close friends or family asking if there’s anything they can do for you, or any specific prayer requests you may have, but you were experiencing such sorrow or confusion that you didn’t even know what to ask for.
Fortunately, we have a God who helps us. Romans 8:26-27 reads, …we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. 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 Life Application Study Bible offers some wonderful encouragement on this passage. It reads, “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.”
READING & JOURNALING:
What is at least one situation in your life right now in which you’re really not sure what to pray for?
Today, write out your own prayer to God. Come to Him without any fear, but in confidence knowing that the Holy Spirit will also be offering prayer for you. And His prayers are in harmony with God’s own will.
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F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Matthew 19:16-30
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