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Read Romans 8:22-27


Read Romans 8:22-27

22For we know that up to the present time all of creation groans with pain, like the pain of childbirth. 23But it is not just creation alone which groans; we who have the Spirit as the first of God’s gifts also groan within ourselves, as we wait for God to make us his children andk set our whole being free. 24For it was by hope that we were saved; but if we see what we hope for, then it is not really hope. For which of us hopes for something we see? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
26 In the same way the Spirit also comes to help us, weak as we are. For we do not know how we ought to pray; the Spirit himself pleads with God for us in groans that words cannot express. 27And God, who sees into our hearts, knows what the thought of the Spirit is; because the Spirit pleads with God on behalf of his people and in accordance with his will.

Think

Do you get frustrated with your weakness? Your sin?  Paul shares that frustration, he explains that all of creation shares that frustration and consoles us with the words:
"...we hope for what we do not see."
The Spirit helps us.
We need his help.

Pray

Lord I want to be more like you in your love, in all the fruits of your Holy Spirit, but I fall far short.  I need all the help that I can get.  And you promise to provide all the help I need.  I open my heart and invite your Spirit to plead with you on my behalf.

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