3/27- Romans 8:26-28, 31-39
26 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. 27 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. 28 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. 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then can condemn? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Thoughts: If we are sick, this is an amazing passage. It tells us that the Spirit helps us to pray when we don’t know exactly what to pray for. The words are not as important as a reliance on the Spirit for prayer. This tells us too that we do not suffer in vain. It is a tremendous faith statement to say that God works all things for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. For some, the pain cannot be compared to the glory- for they do not have faith. But this passage also reminds us that the One who did not spare his own Son will not keep back his help from us. God is for us, with us, He is Immanuel. Nothing can separate us from His love- not even death, demons, sickness.
Prayer: Thank you that you showed your love for us in the most amazing way- by coming down and dying for us on the cross. You showed your control over even the most horrific of circumstances by raising Jesus from the dead. Help me put my trust in your resurrection power.