Romans 8:22-23, 26-27 NIV – We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
John Piper says this: “Nothing in us, or in the nature of the world required that God would go beyond all redeeming, forgiving, rescuing, healing love to this extreme—namely, to an adopting love. A love that will not settle for a truce, or a formal gratitude, or distant planet of material pleasure, but will press all the way in to make you a child of God. A member of the family.” Our Father’s love presses all the way into us.
We are children of God, which is a permanent status, no longer abandoned, but transformed by the power of the Spirit!
Prayer: Lord, as your perfect love presses all the way into us, may we live in this new reality as children of God by the Spirit! In Jesus’ name, Amen.