The Real Gospel — Part 19
We don’t need to pray long prayers for God to hear us, a simple groan in the Spirit is enough to get us the answer we need (Romans 8:26).
In fact the best prayer we can pray is a groan in the Spirit because that prayer will always be in line with the perfect will of God.
We see this truth in Romans 8:27:
“And the Father who knows all hearts KNOWS WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING, for the Spirit pleads for us believers IN HARMONY WITH GOD’S OWN WILL.”
As I mentioned in part 18 of this series, Jesus Christ used this kind of prayer when He was about to raise Lazarus from the dead (John 11:33 and 38). After groaning in the Spirit, we see Him simply thanking the Father for hearing Him (John 11:41).
So, PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT GETS THE JOB DONE.
In Romans 8:28, Paul continued to say:
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
This verse IS NOT saying that everything that happens to us is from God and is used by Him to accomplish His purposes in our lives.
If we are not cooperating with the Holy Spirit so that He can make intercession for us (Romans 8:26), THEN EVERYTHING WILL NOT WORK TOGETHER FOR OUR GOOD.
In context, verse 28 is referring to THE HOLY SPIRIT PRAYING FOR US (WITH A GROAN) IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE WILL OF GOD (Romans 8:27).
This verse also says this happens for those “that love God, to them who are the called.” THAT MEANS THIS DOESN’T APPLY TO EVERYONE.
So, we cannot use this verse to try to convince unbelievers that God is controlling the circumstances of their lives.
WE NEED TO KNOW THAT GOD DOESN’T USE HARDSHIP TO PERFECT US BUT HE USES HIS WORD:
Second Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE PERFECT, THROUGHLY FURNISHED UNTO ALL GOOD WORKS.”
Second Timothy 3:17 says that God’s Word will make us perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. That means we don’t have to learn through hardships.
GOD’S WORD IS FOR CORRECTION AND REPROOF. Although not ordained by God for our good, we will experience tribulation. Therefore, we can and should learn from trials, but God’s Word could have taught us the same thing with less grief.
We should not submit to our problems because we believe God has brought them to teach us something, that will be a great mistake. That mistake is allowing the devil to inflict much pain in our lives.
Romans 8:28 is really promising that when we let the Holy Spirit intercede through us with groanings that cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26), then we can rest assured that regardless of what the devil brings across our path, God can turn that situation around and work it together for our good.
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – Hebrews 4:1-3!