Romans 8:24-28

In Romans 8:24-28 Paul reminds us that the fulfillment of our redemption is something well into the future, yet we hope for it in faith and perseverance, trusting that God is faithful to His word and the promised glory will be a reality. “For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?” We can’t see the outcome. We can only trust and know that God will be faithful to His word. We need to be patient and persevere. We can have expectations because of His promises, but we still wait for that day. “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

Prayer is one of those important things that is sometimes beyond our ability to know how to do it effectively. When we do not know exactly how we should pray, God Himself (through the Holy Spirit) helps by making intercession for us. “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.” This help from the Holy Spirit may include praying with the spiritual gift of tongues, but that is not the only way the Spirit may help us pray effectively. What the Spirit will do is help us communicate with God beyond our own ability to connect.

Some get caught up in the topic of speaking in tongues. The purpose of the gift of tongues is to enable us to communicate with God in a manner that is not limited to our own knowledge or ability to share our heart with God. The purpose of tongues is not to prove that we are “filled with the Spirit” or to prove that we are especially spiritual. The purpose of this gift around prayer is to open the line of communication between what’s deep within our heart and connect us with the very heart of God. Spiritual gifts are never meant to be for our personal use or gain – only to build up the body of Christ.  Prayer does that when done according to God’s will. “And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

One of the most famous verses in scripture comes next.  God is in control of everything, and has the ability to manage all things completely, so He can make this very big promise. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”  God is able to work all things, not some things, for good. He works them for good together, not in isolation. This promise is for those who love God in the Biblical understanding of love, and God manages the affairs of life because we are called according to His purpose. This promise doesn’t mean there will be no suffering or pain, only that God can make those things work together for our good too, even though they may not be much fun.

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