Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit.
26In 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 with groans that words cannot express. 27And He Who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. 29For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those he justified, He also glorified.
31What then shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Father, I want to pray more. I want to be ever-mindful of Your presence. It is my heart’s desire to be as close to you as possible while on this world. But, I don’t always know how to pray. I yield to Your Spirit when that is the case. Intercede for me, Lord, with groans that my words cannot express. According to Thy will and in Jesus’ name.
One Minute Praise
A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.
Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;
they will go down to the depths of the earth.
They will be given over to the sword
and become food for jackals.
But the king will rejoice in God;
all who swear by God will glory in him,
while the mouths of liars will be silenced.
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
Paul is wordy in his writings, and sometimes talks in circles. A good example of that is the end of Romans 7 where he uses half a chapter to say that sin can be an overwhelming struggle. This section in Romans 8 (above) he does the same thing. In verses 29 and 30 he rambles on about “predestination” and such that he can sidetrack the reader. When he wrote the book of Philippians about 5 years later, he said the same thing much more succinctly: “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (1:6 NKJV).