Our scripture this morning is Romans 8:26-28.

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. 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. 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.

A devotional I read recently said “You don’t have to be confident in yourself to be confident in God.” Paul tells us “the Spirit helps us in our weakness”, the assurance that God is always with us to guide and protect us. God wants only the best for all his children.

Jesus promised His disciples (and us) ”And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever“ (John 14:16). He came as our Savior and example, but He knew we couldn’t follow Him without help. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us ”Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.“ 

The prophet Isaiah wrote ”Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear“ (Isaiah 65:24). The Holy Spirit is our constant connection to the Lord. We “who have been called according to His purpose” can rely on His love and care.

Heavenly Father, we are sorry for the times we follow our own way instead of the path of salvation You have for us. Help us to listen, obey and share Your love with the world. Amen.

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