Reading: Romans 8:26-39 (Click to read text)
There is so much good material in this passage that I could probably write for a week. But, since this is just a simple first light devotion, I think I’ll comment on just the first 2 verses. These are a part of our curriculum this summer for day 5—Living in Pentecost.
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 to 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.
I’ve done a lot of work this summer helping the staff offer prayers at meals, worship and GROW times. It is important that when we pray in public that we make some sort of sense. But, in the end, properly constructed sentences with rolling phrases just aren’t that important. The Spirit gathers up our stammering and intercedes for us and God knows. Sighs too deep for words, indeed. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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