Romans 7: 15-25 What do you need to surrender to God?

Romans 7

15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17 But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23 but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation.
  • Remember a time you felt rescued by God.
  • How can God rescue you today?
  • What do you step over to be in God’s rescuing arms?
  • Notice what feelings you have in your innermost self when you find yourself in the presence of God.  Let go of any judgment.  Savor those feelings.
  • Give thanks to God for the messages that you receive.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 3 2011,  Year A
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Psalm 45: 10-17
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

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