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Too Deep For Words…

April 18, 2017

April 18, 2017

Today in History
On this day in 1606 – In Rome, Julius II laid the foundation stone of the second building of St. Peter’s Basilica. Completed 20 years later by Urban VIII, St. Peter’s today is the largest church in Christendom, with an overall length of 619 feet.

Today in the Word
Romans 8:26 ESV
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Today’s Reflection
Nearly all of us have been there — that moment when our souls are brittle and dry, when it seems as if all our prayers bounce off the ceiling and come to rest at our feet as bitter reminders of our failure and spiritual impotence. But prayer, like every other great blessing from God, has its origin and power in the Father’s grace. The power of our prayers is not dependent upon our feelings, our perceptions, or our choice of words. The power of our prayers rests in the hands of the Holy Spirit of God, who intercedes for us. The Spirit articulates what we cannot say and captures the emotions we cannot verbalize. Our Comforter takes his perfection of our prayers before the Father and intercedes for us according to the Father’s will. Prayer, then, is not a spiritual discipline, but an incredible gift of our Father’s grace. The Spirit assures us that we will always be heard and our deepest longings always understood by the Father who loves us and always longs to hear the cry of our hearts.

Today’s Prayer
Father, I praise you. Because of the intercession of the Holy Spirit in this very moment, I know that you hear more than what my words say. You know what’s on my heart. You know my doubts, my insecurities, my secret sins, and my frustrating struggles. And, dear Father, you know my deep desire to have these things redeemed and transformed by your grace so that I live for your glory. I thank you for your grace, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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