Friday, April 22, 2016

April 22, 2016: Special Delivery

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 113  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of Francesca Battistelli singing the praise song, Holy Spirit, declaring our dependence and need for God’s Spirit to intervene on our behalf before God, The Father, … especially when we don’t know how to pray.

Highlight Passage:  Romans 8:26-27 [NKJV] … 
26 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. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  
 … God’s Spirit is ALWAYS there for us when we just don’t know what/how to pray.
Highlight Context – Romans 8:19-27 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Paul helps Christians understand that we have the ever-present power of our Advocate before the Father to intervene on our behalf, especially when we don’t know how to pray.

Reference Passage #1 - Psalm 116:1-2 [NKJV] …  
1 I love the Lord, because He has hear My voice and my supplications. 2 Because He has inclined His ear to me, … therefore, I will call upon Him as long as I live. 
… The Psalmist shows his faith that God bends down to hear the heart of those who come to pray to Him.

Reference Passage #2 - John 16:13-14 [NKJV] …  
13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 
… Jesus tells His confused and fearful disciples about the coming of His Spirit to intercede as our “Comforter” and Spirit-guide in times of confusion and doubt.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Marvin Williams, teaches us about the intervention of God’s Spirit by illustrating how difficult it once was in Ireland for mail to be delivered accurately without postal codes. The mail often became confused and was mis-delivered; but now with a postal code system to intervene mall to many, many with common names like “Patrick Murphy“ can get their mail accurately. 

And the illustration holds for our prayer life, doesn’t it? Sometimes we just feel like our prayers are not getting through, … that we pray and God just doesn’t seem to get the message. But the psalmist in Psalm 116, the Apostle Paul in Romans 8, and Jesus Himself in John 16 assure us, who are in Christ, that God’s Spirit intervenes to not only bend down to hear us, but to intervene and interpret our hearts to the Son of God in Heaven. The Holy Spirit is our “paraclete,” intervening to provide “special delivery” of the message of our hearts to our Abba Father.

Perhaps you have some issue which has you feeling like you don’t know how to pray today; but be assured that you can come before God’s throne of grace and pray to have God’s Spirit read your heart and take your feelings, with His SPECIAL DELIVERY, directly to God with clarity and power.

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … Holy Spirit … thank You for being my paraclete before my Abba Father. Amen  

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