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SpiritFire: At the Center of God's Love

But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God's love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!

Key Thought

Prayer is a gift from God empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us, and this intercession goes beyond our words (Rom. 8:26-27). Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, gives us access to God (Eph. 2:18). The Spirit of God within us joins with our Spirit and testifies that we are God's children and approach him as our Abba Father (Rom. 8:14-17). This means we can come to the Creator and Sustainer of the universe at any time and know we are valued and heard. So if we want to stay in the "center of God's love," we must take advantage of this grace of prayer — intentionally coming into the presence of God, entreating the Holy Spirit to intercede for us and carry us along in our moments of prayer as we speak to God, Spirit to Spirit (Rom. 8:27; 1 Cor. 2:10-16). Praying in the Spirit is to center ourselves in grace and love of God. We, as his dearly loved children, come to him in dependent trust and confident hope, knowing that we are heard because of the gift of his Spirit within us.

Today's Prayer

Gracious Father, Almighty God and Creator, the Sovereign Lord, thank you for inviting me to come to you and call you my Abba Father. As the Spirit intercedes for me, conveying my thoughts and yearnings as well as my words, I ask for your help and guidance so I can live for you and bring you glory. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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