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Heavenly Groanings

“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

There sure is a lot going on these days. When we look at our world, including the recent violence in Afghanistan, some major natural disasters, and the continuing impact of the COVID-19 virus, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. And while our hearts should be heavy for the state of this hurting sphere, my hope is that our grief leads us to a place of prayer. Our Lord has given us the privilege of sharing in the sufferings of others by coming before His throne any time of the day or night. In fact, mountains move when we lift our hearts and hands to Jesus, and He is faithful to answer, even when we don’t know what to say. If our spirits are too burdened to speak, He intercedes for us with deep groanings that convey our longings to our Heavenly Father. This means that every uplifted prayer — whether voiced in passionate fervor or in a faint whisper — is heard, counted, and effects change. Therefore, my encouragement to us is that rather than lamenting and bemoaning the heaviness of life, we turn our souls to God and look to Him for strength. He is sovereign, and He is not surprised by what’s happening. While we strive to find our way, He is steering everything in the direction of the eternal victory He secured when He died on the cross, rose again, and brought the fullness of time under His dominion.

My friend, I want to speak grace to your soul today. It’s okay to grapple with the difficulties that are assailing your world and your country, but as you wrestle through tough issues, be sure to look to Jesus for wisdom, and make prayer your primary response. Before you say another word to or about someone else, turn your heart to your Savior, and submit your fears and concerns to Him. He is there, He cares, and He is able to meet you in your struggle with the perfect measure of supernatural love, power, and peace.

Prayer


Jesus, I lift my soul to you, and I pray that your Kingdom will come to earth in and through me in these uncertain days.

Reflection


What’s burdening your heart today? Take a minute to lift it up to the Lord.

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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