In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans. The one who searches hearts knows how the Spirit thinks, because he pleads for the saints, consistent with God’s will. We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose. We know this because God knew them in advance, and he decided in advance that they would be conformed to the image of his Son. That way his Son would be the first of many brothers and sisters. Those who God decided in advance would be conformed to his Son, he also called. Those whom he called, he also made righteous. Those whom he made righteous, he also glorified.
Food For Thought:
The spirit is sometimes referred to as “The Comforter.” God comforts. The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness. God is truly present with us in our pain. God heals. God binds up brokenness and brings peace. A beloved pastor in the middle of chemotherapy and radiation treatments once said, “I’ve had trouble these days; I’m tremendously short of breath. It’s scary to be short of breath ― to reach down to get your breath and find it’s not there. It’s frightening ― as scary as it can be. But then I remember that God is closer than the air I breathe. God is more real than the air I breathe. And it brings peace. And it brings comfort. And you know what? It helps me get my breath.” What a beautiful reminder of God’s constant closeness to us. God is present with you in your pain and your fear. Breathe, and know that God is with you.
Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me. Make your presence known to me. Bring peace over me. Calm my worry. Slow down my stress. Assure me that all things can work together for good, even when I can barely catch my breath. Thank you for never letting go of me. Amen.