For Sunday July 24, 2022:
ONE WHO GOES BEFORE
Romans 8:26 (NKJV)
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what
we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession
for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
The CEO of an American multinational corporation plans to travel to an Asian country to make an offer to purchase a small company in that country. The CEO doesn’t know the language or customs of the foreign country, but one of his employees does. The CEO sends that employee ahead to set up the meeting and convey the purpose of the CEO’s visit.
There are many times in life when we wish there were someone to go before us, to represent our interests or to intercede on our behalf. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. But there is one realm in which it is always possible to have one represent us, and that is in the realm of prayer. Sometimes we know we need God’s help—or is it counsel or wisdom we need? Sometimes it’s hard to tell. All we know is that we need God! In those times, the Holy Spirit goes before us to the Father and intercedes, telling Him what we need.
When you know you need to pray but don’t know what to say, begin by thanking the Holy Spirit for going before you to the throne of grace.
If thou couldst pray the best prayer in the world, without the Spirit,
God would have nothing to do with it.
CHARLES H. SPURGEON