Paul, later in Romans, talks of being in the midst of hard times. He tells us the Scriptures will give us hope, the Gentiles will hope in him and hope is also attached to trusting in God. There is hope in Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Near the end of Romans Paul gives a prayer on hope. “ I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit”. Romans 15:13 (NLT).
A plethora of key words in this verse and can also be used as a prayer. As we TRUST in the God of HOPE, He will fill us with JOY and PEACE, as we OVERFLOW with HOPE through the HOLY SPIRIT. We have seen some tough times and some better times. Yet we will continue to trust in Him and His ways. The hardest lesson to learn was (and still is), to let go and let Him use and direct us. He will FILL us with joy and peace and not the world. As we build our trust, we will OVERFLOW with hope by the POWER of the Holy Spirit. By letting God work in us where He is already working., we can do so much more with Him. I am convinced through our trusting, He keeps us moving forward. At times my prayers are more general rather than specific. This enables me to look and listen for His answer and direction and not mine.
Have you ever felt lost or hopeless?
Rewrite verse 13 in your own words and pray yours back to the Father?