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Monday, February 26, 2018

Intercedes: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Romans 8:26

“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.”

Do you ever feel stuck when praying? Rote prayers or help! prayers or vague prayers sometimes become our lifeline when we find ourselves praying from places of emptiness instead of fullness.

God already knows what’s in our hearts. Even when we don’t. Instead of trying to push through the confusion and fog on our own we are offered the Spirit’s insight and clarity.

Harry Emerson Fosdick says that when we habitually put ourselves in an attitude of willingness to do whatever God wills and to work His will in and through us we are in true prayer.

Even in our weakness.

“It was while waiting in prayer that He received the gift of the Holy Spirit, He dared not begin His public mission without that anointing.” S. D. Gordon

When we begin as Jesus did, with a clear sense of His promises as guided by the Spirit, our prayers can take on clearer, deeper depths. In His strength and wisdom.

Thank you, Lord, for Your Spirit to take us deeper. Guide us to align our prayers with Your purpose and Your heart of reconciliation.

Psalm of Worship: Proverbs 8:25

“Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth—“

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