“Praying in the Spirit – Part 1” Malcolm Cox, Watford church of Christ

“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,…

“Praying in the Spirit - Part 1” Malcolm Cox, Watford church of Christ

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“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)

1. “We”
“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?”

2. “Cry”
“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.

Conclusion
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.””

*“Cry” (katzo): Matt. 8:29; 9:27; 14:26, 30; 15:22–23; 20:30–31; 21:9, 15; 27:23, 50; Mark 3:11; 5:5, 7; 9:24, 26; 10:47–48; 11:9; 15:13–14; Luke 4:41; 9:39; 18:39; 19:40; John 1:15; 7:28, 37; 12:44; Acts 7:57, 60; 14:14; 16:17; 19:28, 32, 34; 21:28, 36; 23:6; 24:21; Rom. 8:15; 9:27; Gal. 4:6; James 5:4; Rev. 6:10; 7:2, 10; 10:3; 12:2; 14:15; 18:2, 18–19; 19:17 Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.
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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John

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