Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Praying With or Without Words

Have you every prayed a prayer that was wordless . . . with tears . . . lifting a burden to God with groanings too deep for words?

Of course, Jesus taught us to pray with words – words express the thoughts and feelings of our hearts. With words we express our appreciation and gratitude to God. With words we convey our sorrow for sins committed. With words we make requests for God’s blessing on others as well as for our own personal needs.

We can also pray without words – “The Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26). As the Spirit moves in our hearts, Jesus Christ finds in our hearts the motions of our non-verbalized prayers and expresses them to the Father. Praying without words like this is also true prayer.

Let’s say your computer breaks down. You’re not a computer genius, and if you’re really stuck, you phone the repair shop – the Geek Squad – to see if they could tell you what is the problem and if you could do anything about it.

You quickly discover, however, that you don’t even know how to describe what isn’t working right. You don’t know the names of the parts or what is specifically wrong. You just know you computer doesn’t work.

So the repair shop sends out a computer technician. While working on your computer, he also calls the shop. Unlike you, however, he knows how to describe what is needed. He uses words you don’t understand, but the person at the shop does, and soon your computer is repaired.

Your need is met because someone came and communicated to headquarters in words you could not express.

That is what the Holy Spirit does for us. When we don’t know how to pray, the Holy Spirit knows precisely what we need and prays in a language the Father understands perfectly.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Superlatives best describe God

“Superlatives” describe something of the highest possible excellence – of the highest order, quality, or degree – surpassing or superior to all others.

Superlatives best describe God.

•    God’s greatness is “unsearchable” (Psalm 145:3).
•    God as sovereign is “Most High” (Daniel 4:17).
•    God pardons “freely” (Isaiah 55:7).
•    God gives life “to the full” (John 10:10).
•    God’s judgments are “unsearchable” (Romans 8:33).
•    God’s gift of salvation is “indescribable” (2 Corinthians 9:15).
•    Christ’s riches are “boundless” (Ephesians 3:8).
•    God’s love “surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:19).
•    God is able to do “immeasurably more” (Ephesians 3:20).
•    Jesus is exalted to the “highest place,” his name is “above every name” (Philippians 2:9).
•    God’s peace “transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

These superlatives describe God, and they don’t describe anything but God!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Darkest Periods

“I can look back at my darkest periods and realize that these were the times when the Lord was holding me closest. But I couldn’t see his face because my face was in his breast – crying.” ~ John Michael Talbot