Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Friday, March 15, 2019
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Reaching Up To Heaven Romans 8:18-27 The Spirit Himself makes
intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.(Romans 8:26)
I see children reach up
their hands to their mothers, eager to get their attention. It reminds me
of my own efforts to reach up to God in prayer.
The early church stated
that the work of the aged is to love and to pray. Of the two, I find love
to be the most difficult, and prayer to be the most confusing. My
infirmity lies in not knowing the exact thing for which I ought to pray.
Should I pray that others will be delivered from their troubles—or that
their troubles will go away? Or should I pray for courage to carry on
through the difficulties that belabor them?
I’m comforted by Paul’s
words: “The Spirit also helps in our weaknesses” (Rom. 8:26). Here the
apostle uses a verb that means, “to help by joining in an activity or
effort.” God’s Spirit is joined to ours when we pray. He intercedes for
us “with groanings which cannot be uttered.” He is touched by our
troubles; He sighs often as He prays. He cares for us deeply—more than we
care for ourselves. Furthermore, He prays “according to the will of God”
(v.27). He knows the right words to say.
Therefore, I needn’t worry
about getting my request exactly right. I need only to hunger for God and
to reach up, knowing that He cares.
PRAYER O God, too weak and worn for words, I shrink from
trials that deeply wound, and yet to think Your Holy Spirit helps me as I
pray and gives a voice to what I cannot say.Amen. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY The spirit understands the heart when words fail. Christian
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church