Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Daily Devotion for 4/19/11 The Spirit's Help
Today's Topic: The Spirit's Help
Scripture Text: Romans 8:18-30
"We do not know how to pray as we ought, but [the Holy Spirit] intercedes with sighs too deep for words."
MY elderly mother suffers from dementia. She is becoming increasingly dependent, confused, and unable to manage independently. She suffers, but the family members who care for her also suffer as we try to meet her increasing needs and help her remain in her home. Caring for a relative with dementia becomes a terrible dilemma when the burden is too heavy and the family must make difficult decisions.
Times such as these make it hard to find the words to express how we feel when we pray. Our struggles seem insurmountable, overwhelming. Sometimes when we do pray, our prayers appear to hit the ceiling and rebound unheard. We can only place our situation (impossible as it seems), in God's hands and take comfort from Paul's words that the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf "with sighs too deep for words."
When we don't know what to pray or how to pray, we can trust that the Holy Spirit knows our despair and speaks for us in ways we cannot. We can take comfort that God always knows our sorrow even when we cannot find words to express it.
Anne Rasmussen (Somerset, England)
O Lord, when we do not know how to pray, help us to believe that the Holy Spirit is interceding for us and bringing our needs to you. Amen.
Thought for the Day
While words may fail us, the Holy Spirit never does.
Families facing tough decisions
Peace and Blessings Everyone...
Pray for someone today!
:: LA ::