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Friday, August 26, 2011

Prayer

Prayer is the focus of today's devotion with Romans 8:26,27 as our Bible reading:
"Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And He who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God."

I have the delightful privilege of teaching writing to students in grades 6 and 7 at Salem Lutheran School in Tomball, Texas. This past week my students were given the opportunity to write a bio-poem and were also introduced to haiku poetry. Each verse of haiku poetry has three lines. The first and third lines each have five syllables; the second line has seven syllables.

One of my students, Tyler Wysocki, wrote this poem, which I include in my devotion with his permission:

PRAYER

Time with God and I;
A time to lay down requests;
A time to give thanks.

Tyler's poetry inspired me to write a haiku poem about prayer using Romans 8:26,27 as my focus:

PRAYER

The Holy Spirit,
Who lives within us, beckons
Us to pray to God.

He encourages
Us to confess sin daily
To keep fellowship

With God unhindered.
When we don't know how to pray,
He will intercede.

He will pray for us
Because He knows our feelings,
All our thoughts and needs.

He comforts and guides;
He loves us intimately;
He dwells in our hearts.

Pray daily to God;
Nestle in His safe embrace;
Receive His blessing.

May you be blessed this day.

Sincerely,
Kathy Graumann

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