Last night I was reading through Romans 8, quite possibly one of my favourite passages from the Bible, and this time what stood out to me as I read it out aloud was from verse 26, where Paul says “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” That’s amazing. The Holy Spirit is praying, interceding for us when we don’t know what else to say, or do. He is always petitioning for our situation, our circumstance, our future.
And yet there’s more. Verse 34 says that “Jesus…is at the right hand of God and is ALSO interceding for us.” Not only do we have Holy Spirit praying for us, but we also have Jesus Himself, sitting at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us. We have backup. We have help. We are not alone, God is for us and He is at work for our own good.
When we enter into situations of unease or hardship, we can enter into them in full knowledge that we have all of heaven backing us up. When I pray for the sick, I like to remind myself of this all the time. When I pray, something is happening. I also pray in the knowledge that I have backup. God is not calling us out to do something and then takes a step back to leave us on our own.
This week, we (Healing Rooms Scotland) are heading into the countries largest music festival, in Kinross. There will be over 100,000 people there over the course of 3 days. We are going in to offer prayer, support and to tell others of the Good News. We go in there in the full awareness of who we are, what we carry and that we have all of heaven ready and willing to back up our prayers. I can’t wait to see all that God is going to be doing there over the course of the weekend. Lives will be transformed, changed forever. This is the first time we have ever been able to get into such a festival, one that is notorious for excessive drinking, among other things. We get to release light, release the answer. This country will never be the same again. We go in with heaven behind us, cheering us on, interceding on our behalf.
Whatever your situation this week, know that you have Holy Spirit and Jesus interceding for YOU today. You are well loved by God, He has got your back.