Holy Spirit, Teacher

Diane Bloem

READ : John 16:5-16

A prisoner in the county jail approached us with a prayer request after Sunday service. “Pray that I may know what God is saying to me,” he said. “I feel rumblings inside when I pray, but I don’t get answers. One thing seems right, but when I look at it from a different angle I’m not sure. I don’t know which is true.”

When thinking how to answer him, I had to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide and teach me. Jesus promised that the Spirit will guide us into all truth (v. 13). The Word of God is truth so the Spirit prompts us to find our answers in the Bible.

We learn to ask questions: Is it loving? Is it true? (1 John 4); What will the long-term outcome be? (Prov. 20:18; Luke 14:25-33); Can I safely keep working with someone I shouldn’t become attracted to? (Gen. 39; Prov. 6:20-35); Should I go to the school board and demand that the unjust teacher be fired? (Matt. 18:15-17); How involved should we be with our next- door neighbors? (Prov. 25:17); Why does God allow suffering? (John 9:1-3; 2 Cor. 1:3-11); How can I live in this crime-filled world? (2 Tim. 3); How did this person ever get elected? (Ps. 75:6-7). Ask the Holy Spirit to help you find the answers.

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, guide me as I study Your Word, so I may understand it and find answers for my life. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.