Job 9:16-17, 33-34
“Even if I summoned him and he responded, I do not believe he would give me a hearing. He would crush me with a storm and multiply my wounds for no reason…If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.”
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”
“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 with groans that words cannot express.”
With generosity, Father God, you open your hand and bestow only what is for our ultimate good.
We confess that we cannot see beyond our confusing circumstances. We strain for the immediate with the self-absorption of a child and fail to trust in the wisdom of your provision.
Bless us with your Spirit, who deeply understands our troubled souls and does not bend to our short-sighted demands. Free us to rest in the knowledge that our pleas are presented with love before your throne.
Thank you that through Christ you welcome our request for the Spirit, and through the Spirit you hear our true longings and answer in grace.
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