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Romans 8: 26-28, 35, 37-39 (NIV)

26 Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know why we should pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with silent moans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, for the Spirit intercedes for the people of God according to the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will there be trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any power, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer tip

by Angela LaVallie Tinsley, Director of the Facilities Services Program and Administrator of the Memorial Garden

Part of Romans 8:26 tells us that “we do not know why we should pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with silent moans.” I think back to what my prayers were like when I was younger. I mostly asked what I wanted. I didn’t think much beyond the immediate future, and I didn’t really listen to God. As I matured in my faith and started to think more critically, it became more difficult to know what to pray for. If I asked what I wanted and got it, what impact would that have on those around me? Was what I wanted according to what God wanted?

Before being stopped in the garden, Jesus prayed for what he wanted (for God to take away what was to happen), but then he also prayed that God’s will would be done.

When we ask what we want, but then think about the consequences of getting what we want (both good and bad) and ask for God’s will to prevail, we enter into a conversation with God, allowing it is up to God to guide our thoughts and speak to us. When we don’t know what to say, we give the Spirit the opportunity to intercede on our behalf.

If you haven’t prayed this way yet, give it a try and see how God could enrich this time in your relationship!

God Lord,

Thank you for allowing us to spend time in prayer with you. We are so busy and fall into routines that do not allow dialogue in prayer.

Guide us as we share with you in prayer and help us hear what you have to say.

In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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