There was an Argentinian writer named Antonio Di Benedetto who lived in the mid-20th Century. In 1976, the Argentinian military overthrew the government. Soon after this, Di Benedetto was arrested for unclear reasons. He spent 18 months in prison, where he was tortured. During this time, two of his fellow writers, Ernesto Sabato and Heinrich Boll, pleaded his case before the military. After those 18 months, the military released Di Benedetto from prison, thanks to his friends’ petition.

One of the greatest blessings God has given us is prayer. This gift demonstrates God's love for us. He warmly encourages us to come to him with all our troubles and worries. He also promises that he will hear and answer us when we pray. Why wouldn’t we want to pray to our God with promises like that?

But, if you’re like me, you step back and look at your life, and you realize something: prayer is often the furthest thing from your mind. There may be numerous times where we become lazy and forget to pray at all. On the other hand, when we do pray, sometimes our prayers focus only on ourselves. We think only about our struggles and our needs. Let’s face it: our prayer life can be pathetic.

But here we see our God’s grace again. Not only does our God give us the blessing of prayer, but he also gives us a helper. Someone who prays on our behalf! Every time he prays, he offers a perfect prayer. He does it all for us!

Di Benedetto had people pleading his case during his troubles. God has done the same for us. Who is this person who prays for us? Paul tells us who he is: “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness” (Romans 8:26). What an amazing thought! God’s love for us moved him to send his Holy Spirit to pray for us! Join us this Sunday as we look at how the Spirit works as our intercessor!

God’s Blessings on your week!

Vicar Reich