August 18 | Romans 8:22-27
Empowered and Enlightened
by Judy Webb
One of privileges of being with someone who is preparing to see Jesus soon, is the chance to speak openly about God, about faith, and about the hope we have as believers. It was such a gift to be able to share a vision of tomorrow with my husband of 42 years as his earthly body was preparing to see Jesus. As the hospice brochure told – he was poised between two worlds. I didn’t quite understand that statement until I witnessed it myself.
This event in my life gave new meaning to these words of the Apostles' Creed: “I believe in the Holy Spirit.”
"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God." (Romans 8:26-27)
The presence of the Holy Spirit in the study and prayer life of a believer is unquestionably unique. Without the guidance and direction which the Holy Spirit provides daily, I suspect many of us would be making one mistake after another. The conviction this member of the Trinity imparts, while often uncomfortable, is invaluable to living a Christian life.
As a helper, He is my go-to for direction and instruction. When I am puzzled about life or circumstances, I pray: Come Holy Spirit. He never disappoints. He is our Comforter, Teacher, Counselor and friend.
SPOKEN PRAYER: Out loud, pray for God to speak to you through your reading. Praise God for giving us His word. Ask the Spirit to help you read with faith, and to live out what you hear from God through the passage.