Yesterday, Vickie and I ate lunch at a local restaurant that specializes in hamburgers. I believe that they have 50 different types of hamburgers on their menu. Among their list of “gourmet” burgers are Meatloaf (the burger is stuffed with diced green pepper, raw onion and seasoning), Rowdy Reuben ( Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing served on grilled rye bread), and Pizza (grilled onions, green pepper and provolone dripping with marinara). The food was great. The service was horrible. I mentioned to Vickie that the waiter seemed so cold and impersonal. He was far too disinterested in us or our needs. I doubt that we’ll go back to that restaurant any time soon.
This morning, I noticed something in the Word that was a fresh revelation about the Holy Spirit. I read that He is so different from the waiter at yesterday’s meal. The Bible shows us that He is a personal Holy Spirit.
“Also, the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know
how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself speaks to God
for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings
that words cannot explain.”
Romans 8:26 (New Century Version)
Did you catch that? The verse shows that the Holy Spirit is so concerned about you that He doesn’t relegate you to someone else. You are the total focus of His undivided attention. This Holy Spirit who knows your needs (weaknesses and inadequacies) is waiting for you to connect with the Father through praying in the Spirit and, in doing so, He immediately personally steps into the picture and personally speaks to God and even begs God for you! He is never too busy, disinterested or distracted. As you begin to pray in the Spirit, He immediately begins to personally communicate what would be impossible for you to communicate on your own.
After obtaining this revelation, I now have even a greater love for the Holy Spirit than before. My dependence upon Him is even greater. I’ll write one more time a phrase that I’ve written many times before in the seven years of this blog “Thank God for the Holy Spirit”. I’ll even expand it. Thank God for a personal Holy Spirit!