Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thursday in Lent 4

Romans 8:12-27
v. 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.

Paul has been talking in this chapter about life in the Spirit. It is a life set on "life and peace" (v.6), in living into our adoption as the daughters and sons of God (vv. 15, 23), and that groans with the whole creation for redemption, freedom (vv. 21-22). And then we have the wonderful verse quoted above.

We often think of prayer as a work we have to do. Most of us think we probably could do it better, perhaps more often or more deeply. But here Paul gives us the simple fundamental of prayer: it is itself a gift.

The Spirit prays in us, deeper than words can go. That means our "job" in prayer is to tap into something which is already going on in us. The Holy Spirit is praying in us, for us, with us. Right now as I write and as you read, the Spirit is praying in us. What an amazing thing!

One of the topics in Confirmation class as I lead it is, "How do you know when the Spirit is around?" One of the answers is whenever I feel the urge to pray, or even long for something without words, that is the Spirit bubbling up within me, breaking through to the surface from a deep well of prayer that continues in me as surely as my breath.

What is the Spirit praying in you today?

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