Wednesday Word 7.29.2020

Romans 8:26-27 New International Version

“26 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. 27 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.”

As soon as I hear this passage, I immediately think of my time in the hospital forty- seven years ago. It was way, way past the time for my pain medication. I tried to talk myself into patience, but I couldn’t even think for the overwhelming pain. I simply couldn’t pray for help. All I could do was say, “Jesus, Jesus,” over and over. The truth is that was exactly what I needed. It helped me to stop crying, slow down my breathing and begin to calm myself. That was all, just his precious name. I don’t think the injection came any faster. I know the pain didn’t lessen its intensity. But there in the dark, I could feel the Holy Spirit with me and it made all the difference. God knew what I needed when I couldn’t ask for myself. He always does…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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