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Praying in the Spirit

Romans 8:12-30

12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[f] And by him we cry, “Abba,[g] Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Present Suffering and Future Glory

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[h] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groaninwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

26 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 through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

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Is it not a bit like fresh water to a dry tongue when we are reminded of the promises that God has for us.

It seems like you can't have more than two or three conversations on a regular basis with believers until someone will talk about how they feel like they are just going through a dry spell - it happens to all us. 

The thing is, sometimes what we think is a "rough spot" may simply be a longing for knowing that there is more. Especially in times of fasting and prayer, we think that life should just be oh so sweet and good as we pray, but the fact is sometimes there is even more tension. We begin to get a taste of eternity on our lips and we begin to see how so much around us is off.

We are joining in with creation which is described as having birth pains in anticipation of all things being made right. Rumor has it birth pains are no small joke. Drawing near to God draws us into His suffering which often times looks like longing and anticipation of what can, and will, be. 

But thank the good Lord that we do not suffer on our own. It truly would be to much, but instead we live our life in the Spirit, He gives us freedom, He gives us our seal and promise of our inheritance. The Spirit even prays for us on out behalf when we are so overwhelmed that we don't even know what to pray.

That sounds like fresh water to a dry and thirsty soul.  

Johnathon MillerComment