Good morning! I am excited today as I will have my first Bible Study of the year with my friend, Julee. I love her, and she helps make my life more enjoyable. In our Study for this week, I was reminded of my fear that I might not be writing what God wants me to write. Do you ever wonder if you are following God’s will? We pray that we are able to discern what God wants for us, but how do we know for sure? This morning’s lesson was very encouraging for me.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. (Romans 8:26-27)
We don’t often think of ourselves as saints, but God does. He is the one who made Jesus the High Priest to remove our sins, so Paul is talking about all Christians when he uses the word, “saints.” He is talking about us. Sometimes we don’t know if we are praying the right things or interpreting what we feel God is telling us, but if we are living by Biblical teachings, we can know that we are doing things correctly because the Spirit is interceding for us. Jesus took away our sin on the cross so God’s Spirit could live within us. If you are Believers: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are no longer your own.” (1 Corinthians 6:19). When we pray, we do not always know what is best for us or how God wants to work in our lives to do His will. But this passage is a promise from God so we can be sure that the Holy Spirit groans and intervenes for us when our words don’t express what is best for us. We are able to know that we are following God’s will for our lives.