Prayer: Week 2 - Devotion 1
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” - John 14:27
When have you felt the most at peace with someone? It seems that for most of our lives we are always living in some form of tension with people. Whether it's with our friends or our parents, it takes a lot of work to keep things from spinning into conflict. But now and then things seem to be great, and we are confident in our friendships. We are at peace. Think about how great it is when we are truly at peace with someone in our lives. Instead of being an anomaly, this should be our rhythm with God.
Read John 14:25-29. The Holy Spirit is a gift! Throughout this passage, Jesus teaches His disciples that soon He would be gone, but in His place would be the gift of the Holy Spirit. In this passage, the Holy Spirit is called a Counselor, Advocate, Comforter, or Helper, depending on your translation. These are all words that paint a fuller picture of the Greek word parakletos.
God desires intimacy and cares for His people. And the Holy Spirit is the gift that allows that to happen.
Think about this:
What do these words, Counselor, Advocate, Comforter, and Helper say about who the Holy Spirit is?
How can you live into the peace that God gives us through the gift of the Holy Spirit?
Spend a few minutes sharing your heart with God through prayer.