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WEEKLY DEVOTION

The Holy Spirit Helps You In Prayer Archery!

Passage

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Romans 8:26

Perspective

Couldn't show Matt Stutzman because of copyright, so here's an image by 272447 from Pixabay
My efforts to make a bow and arrow as a kid were always a disaster: either the bow snapped or the arrow was hugely inaccurate!
The current world record holder for the furthest arrow shot on target is held by Paralympic archer Matt Stutzman, with a record of an incredible 283.47 metres!
Amazingly, Stutzman has no arms, but taught himself archery with his foot and shoulder.
In ancient Greek, “tynchano” meant to “hit the mark”.
The opposite of this word was “hamartano”, often used when an archer missed the target.
In the New Testament “hamartano” is also the word meaning “to sin”, i.e. missing God’s mark for our lives.
In today’s passage, Paul introduces a unique compound three-part word “hyper-en-tynchano”, usually translated as “intercede”.
Knowing how this unusual word is built up will really help us see what the Holy Spirit is doing for us:
  • “Tynchano” = “hit the mark”
  • “En-tychano” = “intervene”
  • “Hyper-en-tychano” = “intervening, expressly for the benefit of, to hit the mark”
In other words, the Holy Spirit helps us be more accurate and better than we ever could by ourselves in those times when we simply don’t know how to hit the mark in our prayers.

Point

CLICK TO TWEET: Instead of our prayer arrows falling dismally short the Holy Spirit Himself picks them up and places them into the bullseye with God.

Ponder

The Holy Spirit is our continual prayer buddy, making up for anything we miss out that we didn’t even know we were intending, helping our prayers land on target in the Lord’s throne room.

Pray

Thank you Holy Spirit that you help me land my prayers accurately!
Amen.

 
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