Do you know what Christ is doing for you right now, this very moment? He is praying for you! The Spirit, too!
14 From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things,
and the work of their hands brings them reward.
There is something about a job well done that satisfies a person. It’s one of the built-in benefits of being human. God created us to enjoy our work. The body releases dopamine even when we think about things we have accomplished and we feel a lift to our spirits.
There is a spiritual correlation to this truth. When we turn our hearts to the LORD and regard Him in His Word, we feel the love and joy of the LORD as He speaks to our hearts. Not only does He address us when we acknowledge Him, the LORD Jesus, in light of His sacrifice, is our Intercession before the Father (Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross intercedes eternally for those who claim it). When we pray, the Holy Spirit takes our prayers and supercharges them! He interprets them and communicates them to the Father in ways we can never understand here on earth. Let’s read it:
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.
What can we glean from this passage?
- We are weak. Without the help of the Holy Spirit, our prayers are powerless. We must be in touch with Him in order to accomplish anything spiritually.
- There is One who searches our hearts and knows our deepest thoughts: The One who lives in our hearts! Jesus knows us inside and out. We should never try to hide anything from Him. Let’s acknowledge our sinful tendencies and ask for help.
- The Spirit always prays according to God’s will for us. In other words, it’s all about God’s Plan. We would do well to orient our lives according to His Plan. What IS His Plan? To bring all things under the authority of Christ.
7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become [revealed to the world that I am] your father. 8 Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. Psalm 2:7-8
That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Ephesians 1:19b-23
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements [earth] will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. 14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 2 Peter 3:11-14
If this is the case, then we should hold loosely to the things of this world and be ready to do His will at a moment’s notice. The only way to be ready is to be in constant contact with Him. It’s called conversational prayer. It’s like video-calling someone and putting him on speakerphone–and leaving the line open! THIS is how we should live our lives. It’s not so much Him checking up on us to see if we are living godly lives; it’s Him leading us around the landmines of sin in a sin-filled world.
Let’s be about the Father’s business today as we stay in touch with Him throughout the day.
Abba, I pray that You would reveal Yourself to us as we go through our day. May we sense Your presence and participation in our lives; may we recognize Your direction as You point out different things to us; may we receive Your revelation about a situation or a person and how to best minister in that situation or to that person; may we give You glory as we exult in our interaction with You! May You be honored, magnified and glorified. Amen.