Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Rom. 8:26).
READ: Romans 8:26-27
“And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob” (Exo. 2:24). Before God sent the children of Israel a deliverer, even though He had promised over 400 years earlier that He would deliver them from slavery, they had to cry and groan. Before God delivers you, He wants to be sure He is not just over zealous. He wants to be convinced you are in agreement with Him. Deliverance is effective only when the desire of the Deliverer and the delivered blend. Does God’s will align with yours?
God hears the groaning of His children. To groan is to cry in pain or agony. Isaiah 63:9 says, “In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old”. If you love someone and the fellow is in pain, you suffer along. So does God suffer with us whenever we go through pains. Whenever you are afflicted, He too is afflicted. Hebrews 4:15-16 says our High Priest is touched by our infirmities. This was the main reason God became a man. As God, He was never hungry but when He took up the form of a man, He experienced hunger. He was so hungry one day that He cursed a fig tree. If you fail to provide food in time for your husband, no matter the level of anointing on him, be prepared for trouble. He also knew pain when He was scourged. Moreover, if you get to a point in your prayer when it becomes difficult to convey your pain in words, you need the Holy Spirit to help you. Romans 8:26 says, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered”. When you are deep in supplication and let the Holy Spirit help you, it will get to a point when you will be groaning. At such a time, so much spiritual energy is being released. And usually after a woman travails, a baby is delivered. After you groan in the spirit, expect your miracle. Unfortunately, people hardly find time to pray in the spirit up to a point when they will begin to groan. This season, the Lord will hear your cry.
Pray against every spiritual bottleneck hindering an effective prayer lifestyle. Ask God for a great harvest of souls and release of His power during this year’s annual Convention.
Bible in One year: Lam. 1-2