Romans 8: I pray for what I can not see
Posted by adventbiblestudy on August 2, 2011
(Romans 8:24) For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
If I already have what I want, why would I hope for it? The more important things in life are what I should hope for. A real following of Christ, the hope of His soon coming, true happiness and joy, a love that can not be described. All of these result in a life changing transformation.
(Romans 8:25) But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
I can not touch, handle, or hold onto love, or joy on my own. I can not restrain or demand love. A real following of Christ can not be seen, or planed, only request, and hoped for. This requires patience beyond my ability. This can only be achieved through the work of the Spirit.
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; (1 Thessalonians 1:3)
(Romans 8:26-27) Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
How can I ask for things I have never known? Unless I have walked 100% with Jesus, how can I ask for the changes in my life I need to achieve? Unless I have known perfect love, how will I know what to ask for? On my own I will never find the steps that will lead me to experience these? I must ask for things I have never known. I ask the Spirit to work on my short comings, to take me to a level I have never known. I do not even know what to ask for, so the Spirit searches my heart, knows my needs, and offers a prayer to God for the changes I could never ask for. All of this is done in the perfect will of God.
(Romans 8:28) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
When I am called according to God’s purpose, everything in my life, every action, encounter, word must show the praises of God. Every aspect of my life will show the love I have for God. All things work together to share the experience I have with God.