Prayer: Law or Grace

A Meditation on Romans 8:26-27 

“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.  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will”  (

Prayer is so often a legalistic battleground: there is the law of praying the right words; the pressure of having enough faith as I pray; the burden of praying for the right things.  God, however, comes to us in the love and gentleness of his Spirit, and prayer becomes a gift of his grace rather than a burden of law.  Our prayer is a discovery and enjoyment of the gift, an entering into relationship with the giver, rather than a legalistic ritual.


The gift of prayer, discovering a relationship; the freedom of prayer, building a relationship; the presence of God, growing into relationship.  Spirit to spirit: God’s Spirit in me becoming one with the Spirit of God; God’s Spirit in me reaching out to the needs of the world.

No longer the burden or the law of prayer; no longer a task for me to do.  No longer trying to second guess the ‘will of God’ or hand over a list of needs.  We enter into the presence of God with the cares of the world and the troubles of our family and friends.  And the Spirit of God envelops us all in the love and grace of God and helps us, if we are willing, to understand our part in it all.


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