Day 25 – Monday (9/17/18)
Health update: Still Trucking. Still Waiting.
Thought for the day: Experiencing the Trinity through prayer
Romans 8:26-27 “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning’s which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Hebrews 7:25-27 “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
I got these two pieces of scripture from a Charles Stanley devotional this morning. The devotional made some interesting points that I personally take for granted. Typically when I pray, I think of it as I’m talking to God. What I fail to realize sometimes is that when we pray we are actually experiencing the Trinity. The Trinity was always difficult for me to grasp as a child. How could God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit all be three separate entities, yet one? I think the act of prayer can help explain. Each time we pray, we actually have both the Holy Spirit and the Son interceding for us to the Father. It is really a remarkable concept when you ponder it. To quote the last statement from Charles Stanley in the devotional “We are never alone when we pray, because the Trinity acts on our behalf. Not only is prayer an amazing privilege; it’s also an awesome and powerful endeavor. The next time you come to the Lord in prayer, remember that it’s a divine appointment with almighty God.”
There was a song I learned as a child at camp Good News (which is sponsored by CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship)) which also helped explain the Trinity. Here are the lyrics (taken from the cefpress website).
“(Verse 1) God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit, three in one. God the Father loves me so, Gave His Word so I would know. God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit three in one.
(Verse 2) Three in one and one in three, God the Son, He died for me. For my sins His blood He gave, then He rose up from the grave. Three in one and one in three, God the Son He died for me.
(Verse 3) Three in one and one and one in three, God the Spirit lives in me. Day by day and hour by hour- Helps me witness by His power. Three in one and one in three, God the Spirit lives in me.”
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for reminding me today what all is actually happening each time I pray. It is a divine appointment, where I have the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ interceding on my behalf to You. Thank You for allowing us to better understand the Trinity through our prayers. We should not take for granted the true power that is being experienced. Thank You for desiring a relationship with us. Thank You for providing a communication method for us to express to You thanksgivings and requests. Thank You for the beautiful day You gave us as Hurricane Florence moved out of our area. I continue to pray for all of the prayer requests on our prayer chain (too many to type, but You know them). There are a lot of sick and hurting people in our extended church family, and I know that You have them all in Your care. Thank You for being the great physician. Amen.