This week was jam-packed, and I often felt like a chicken running around with my head cut off. Too often I reacted to the demands shoved at me from different directions without remembering to pray before I responded. But when I spoke impatiently or felt flustered and anxious, the Words I learned followed quickly, not condemning but soothing and comforting.

Rejoice always. Stay alert. Be joyful in hope. (1 Thessalonians 5: 16. Colossians 4:2. Romans 12:12)

He is all I need to be joyful.

Pray continually. Pray diligently. Be faithful in prayer.

(1 Thessalonians 5: 16. Colossians 4:2. Romans 12:12)

To reflect Christ, I must pray. A deep breath and one simple, but mighty, Word—Jesus. His Name is enough to redirect my thoughts and actions.

Give thanks in all circumstances. Have eyes wide-open in gratitude. Be patient in affliction.

(1 Thessalonians 5: 16. Colossians 4:2. Romans 12:12)

I can still be grateful even when I feel like I’m running ragged. What gift is Jesus offering me? Peace? Patience? Kindness? Love? Take it and offer it to someone else.

And remember the most amazing thing of all: God knows my heart. He knows my longing to abide. When I think I fail at praying, His Spirit takes up the task

Romans 8:26-27

So too the (Holy) Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness. For we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought.

In my weakness, when I give in to my default response of impatience or irritation, the Holy Spirit helps me. When I don’t know how to pray or what to pray or even remember to pray, the Holy Spirit intervenes.

…but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groaning too deep for utterance.

He meets me where I am and takes over for me. I may be unaware of my need, but He knows. He pleads for me.

And God responds. Even when I try to struggle through on my own. Even when I don’t realize I have a need.

And He who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the Holy Spirit—what His intent is—because the Spirit intercedes and pleads before God in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s Will.

My need becomes a cry in harmony with God’s Will. Not because of anything I say. Not because of anything I do. Only because of His love. His grace. His mercy.

I can abide in prayer. God provides His Spirit to intercede. For me.

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