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Jul 16

Father, this morning I am very grateful that the Spirit can pray for me, because I don’t know what to ask for, what to speak on behalf of myself, my beloved ones, or our situations. Last night I found that something has drained several GB of internet allowance over a few hours — for at least the third time this month — leaving us with basically NO ability to even connect to my Adobe software except during the six hours between 2am and 8am. That leaves me with very little I can do during the day, basically just outdoor yardwork and such. I am frustrated and unsure, yet I have an amazing peace about the whole thing. Last night I also began to feel a strange restlessness, like change is underway, like you are gonna “do something cool” as I put it, lol. And again, I feel peace about that as well. In fact, this peace is what is making me feel so odd, like there are needs to be prayed for… yet no need to pray for them. So, faithful Shepherd, I just offer up my little self to you, knowing that “you’ve got this” and are taking care of everything. You have never let me down, and I trust you completely. Whatever is coming, I can be prepared for through prayer and gratitude. THANK YOU for taking such faithful, loving care of myself, my Mate, my children, and all those who are close to my heart. Amen.

Colossians 4:2-6 ERV

Never stop praying. Be ready for anything by praying and being thankful. 
Also pray for us. Pray that God will give us an opportunity to tell people his message. I am in prison for doing this. But pray that we can continue to tell people the secret truth that God has made known about Christ. 
Pray that I will say what is necessary to make this truth clear to everyone. 
Be wise in the way you act with those who are not believers. Use your time in the best way you can. 
When you talk, you should always be kind and wise. Then you will be able to answer everyone in the way you should.

Romans 8:22-30 ERV

We know that everything God made has been waiting until now in pain like a woman ready to give birth to a child. 
Not only the world, but we also have been waiting with pain inside us. We have the Spirit as the first part of God’s promise. So we are waiting for God to finish making us his own children. I mean we are waiting for our bodies to be made free
We were saved to have this hope. If we can see what we are waiting for, that is not really hope. People don’t hope for something they already have. 
But we are hoping for something we don’t have yet, and we are waiting for it patiently. 
Also, the Spirit helps us. We are very weak, but the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We don’t know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit himself speaks to God for us. He begs God for us, speaking to him with feelings too deep for words. 
God already knows our deepest thoughts. And he understands what the Spirit is saying, because the Spirit speaks for his people in the way that agrees with what God wants. 

We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. These are the people God chose, because that was his plan. 
God knew them before he made the world. And he decided that they would be like his Son. Then Jesus would be the firstborn of many brothers and sisters. 
God planned for them to be like his Son. He chose them and made them right with him. And after he made them right, he gave them his glory. 


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