Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your Spirit who prays for us.
Reading: Romans 8:26-27 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: “Who will lead us in prayer?” Camp Mount Luther’s summer staff often asks that question after a GROW time with the campers. Seldom does any camper volunteer. Perhaps they are too embarrassed or they don’t know what to say.
Well, we adults don’t do too well either, even those of us who some folks think are professional pray-ers. Sometimes, even I stumble. I am so often grateful for liturgies with printed prayers. Praying often leaves me speechless. I imagine that I’m speaking for you, too? St. Paul’s words are perfect. What a lovely, comforting thought.
For we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. Sighs too deep for words. Imagine that. I know, it is so intuitive it is hard to comprehend. But then, maybe we don’t really need to understand, just experience it. We don’t have to have the perfect words, we just need to have the sense of need or praise or thanksgiving. The Spirit takes it from there. --Jim Bricker
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