Praying John 14:26-27
Today’s verse is John 14:26-27
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Let’s pray together.
Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit. Thank You that when You took Your Son back, You did not leave us bereft. You provided an ever-present helper for all our times of need. You wanted to comfort us and to remind us of Your truth. You wanted us to have Your power in the world and to be convicted of our sins. You gave us everything we could ever need.
Holy Spirit, thank You for coming. Thank You for being with us. Thank You that You help us with whatever we need. Thank You for whispering in our hearts, the glorious words of truth, and for reminding us when we sin, where our true loyalty lies. You are our Guide and our Friend. We are grateful for Your comfort and Your wisdom.
We know that we need these things. The world around us is confusing and loud and broken. We are daily assaulted with various forms of pleasure, pain, and so many other things. It’s so hard to know where to turn, what to do, what to say, what to think. But You influence our hearts and minds and You provide straight paths for us to follow. Help us to follow as we can’t do it on our own. We need You so badly. We need You to decide what is best for us. Help us to fall to our knees and submit our will to Yours.
We need You because we are tormented by the evil one. We need You because this world is fallen. We need You because we are lost. Please find us, comfort us, keep us safe, and remind us that You are our peace. Help us to remember we cannot control anyone else or how what they do affects us. But we can cling to You. Oh, never let us go, dear God. Surround us and bind us to Yourself. Let us feel Your presence. Let us be wrapped in Your peace.
We cannot understand Your peace, but we do not need to. We know that You give unconditionally and You give the best gifts. So help us to trust in Your peace, even as we struggle and go through hard times. Even when our loved ones hurt us and betray us. Even when war rages and division increases. Even when nothing seems to make sense. Even when we have lost more than we can ever bear. Even when disease and poverty stalks our lives. All of these things can sleep under the banner of Your peace. You are nothing like our enemy and nothing like the jagged cruelty of this world.
So give us rest and help us not to be afraid. Help our hearts be eased by Your peace and comfort. Be in our grief and our rage and our hurt and our fear. Wash these things away in the warm and gentle tide of Your love. Remind us of Your character and who You are and what You have done for us. Send us the Holy Spirit. Come and be among us. Fall like rain and imbue us with Your power. Help us to know truth and fight for it. And when we are troubled, help us to come to You first and only.
We pray this in the name of God. In His all-wise and peaceful name. Amen.