Journal Entry by Liz Davila

S – Scripture: Rom 8: 26 – 38 (NLT) 
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words… for God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son..he gave them his glory..nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

O – Observation
Wow! I am so humbled when I read this. I often don’t know how to pray, or where to start, Lord, what do I pray for? Isn’t it saying this is good attitude before the father, and that is the best way to think, because then I will pray in the spirit. Actually, we only truly start praying when we have emptied our minds with all of our cares and concerns and immediate needs and thanks and finished our words and then allow the Holy Spirit in us to lead us in prayer and teach us to pray and give him a voice in us, the pause, the silence is when we start to pray and hear how the Spirit wants us to pray. What an honour to pray in tune with God’s heart and spirit. I have done nothing to deserve this glory, this love, this adoption to be called God’s sons and daughters with Jesus, our brother. God does not promise us an easy road here on earth, he is making us like his son, Jesus, that’s his aim for us, we must share in his sufferings to become like him, and know God’s love for us. But more than that, to know relationship, dependence and interdependence (teamwork) with himself and the Holy Spirit, as Jesus did. 
Could God the Father love me like he loves his son Jesus? He is giving us his glory to shine through us to the world and show them his son Jesus in us..

A – Application  
How can I practise praying in the Spirit more? How would my day look if I prayed in the spirit
at work, before work, and at home in different circumstances to be led by Holy Spirit and shine Jesus and be more like Jesus in my circle and world. How can I be more like Jesus where I live?

P – Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, please lead us in prayer, not just to pray for our individual worlds and needs but also to pray allowing your Spirit to lead us beyond ourselves and cares. May you work in us to be more like Jesus, that we may know him more, and that your light and love may shine and minister to those who surround us. May we bring glory and honour to your name as we walk knowing we are so loved by you our Creator and Father through your son, Jesus, our Saviour.