“We Cry”: Romans 8:15–27 Praying in the Spirit – Part 1

“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” 

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’?
  1. We – communal
  2. 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

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