For our devotion series, we are looking at “Prayer and the Will of God”. In our text, we find some very precious promises given to us by our Lord …. Rom 8:27 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.
We remember in our previous lessons:
1. at times, we experience the effects of our fallen condition, which in many circumstances will render us unable to faithfully accomplish our service to Him’
2. in those situations, also due to our fallen condition, we finds ourselves struggling as we pray to God for assistance.
3. the Holy Spirit intervenes on our behalf, helping us bear the burden of our weakness by aiding us as we pray.
Now, in the beginning portion of Romans 8:27 we are reminded of a very important fact about our God. “And he that searcheth the hearts” teaches us that our God searches our hearts. This truth about God holds three different ideas that can be an encouragement for us….
1. The Lord knows our sincerity in wanting to pray and explain to Him our situation, weaknesses and desires.
1Chr 28:9 (KJV) – And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
2. The Lord knows exactly what we are facing and what we are feeling.
Heb 4:13-16 (KJV) – Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things [are] naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
3. The Lord knows what is the best remedy for the situation we face.
Matt 6:8 (KJV) – 8) Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
When we see ourselves struggling to remain faithful to Him, feeling the effects of our many infirmities and weaknesses, let’s keep in mind that our Lord knows our hearts. In other words, He knows everything about us, our weaknesses, our struggles, our desires for service and our needs.
During times of weakness, let us boldly continue to approach Him, through the intervention of the Holy Spirit,realizing that the Lord is able and willing to meet our every need.
May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.
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