“We Cry”: Romans 8:15–27. Praying in the Spirit - Part 1
- “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth.” John 14:16–17
- “When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13–14 NIV11)
- “And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:22 NIV11)
- “our father”, not “my father”, Matthew 6.9
- Ephesians 2:22; 1 Corinthians 12.26; Acts 4; 2 Thessalonians 3.1; James 5.16
- “How does the “we cry” help your life of prayer?”
- “What is meaningful for you from this point?”
- “cry” - deep emotion, in distress (see all NT refs to ‘kratzo' below)*
- Matthew 14.30; 9.27; Mark 6.49; John 19.12; Luke 19.40
- Creation groans, Romans 8.22
- We groan, 8:23
- Spirit groans, 8:26–27
- “What kinds of life situations have we encountered that have caused us to “cry” to God in the Spirit?”
- “What is the difference between moaning and groaning?
- For what purpose? 8:28–29. Groan to grow.
- What do these two points mean for you and your ‘group’?
- We - communal
- Cry - real
- How will you adjust the way you pray as a result of what the Spirit has made possible?
- Suggestion: Use Romans 8.15 as a prayer frame for a week - “We cry, “Abba, Father.””
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