“I’m praying for you.”
Those words. I remember when I was a younger, I was a little bothered when a casual friend came up to me and said, “Last night, the Lord brought you to my mind, so I prayed for you.” She peppered me with questions about what’s happening with me at that exact moment, as if she was hoping that I was on the cusp disaster and that her prayers played a pivotal role in rescuing me from peril. She even sounded a little incredulous, like she thought I was covering up something. It was odd.
Over the years, however, I’ve learned a little more about those who intercede for me. I know that, especially in times of suffering, it is quite humbling to know that someone would be moved to pray for me. Now, I readily receive those prayers, even from total strangers, especially when I’m suffering.
It’s hard to consider suffering in the US when around the globe people experience it much differently than we do. Can I call anything in my life suffering since I’m not starving, I’m not humiliated daily and I’m never afraid of being persecuted for my faith (not in a true biblical sense, anyway)?
But, we do suffer, don’t we? At least I think we do. Romans 8 indicates that we all experience suffering. We are all subjected to futility, bondage and decay both spiritually and physically. I don’t need to list all the ways that we suffer, but here are a few: walking with prodigals that we love, chronic illness, the pain of infertility, depression, shattered dreams, guilt and shame from past sin, loneliness, death of a loved one, broken relationships, etc.
What’s interesting, though, is what comes next: Paul mentions that we groan in our suffering and that the Spirit also groans. He actually intercedes for us with “groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:36). When we are in pain, and we don’t even know how to pray, the Spirit searches our hearts and intercedes for us. He prays for us according to the will of God. See the picture? The one who indwells us intercedes for us. Then, Paul takes it up a notch. In verse 34, he reminds us that we are not condemned and Jesus (the one who could condemn us) is at the right hand of the Father and he is also interceding for us. Can you believe this?
The Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all engaged in some sort of supernatural prayer chain for us when we are suffering. He is the creator and maker of everything. He is the author of our faith. He holds all things together in all the world, and he is praying for us (2x) and hearing prayers for us.
Talk about humbling.
Are you suffering? Do you know that the Triune God is praying for you? Do you know that you’re not alone in your suffering?
Our Father knows how it feels to suffer and he is actively with us in the midst of it.
Posted: 8.8.2017 in Women’s Ministry Share: