When we pray, we actually partner with the Spirit of the living God. God does not hear prayers that are offered without faith! Prayer and thanksgiving should be inseparable. We cannot be effective prayer warriors unless we are effective Word warriors.
DID YOU KNOW THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS AN INTERCESSOR?
He is . . . “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Rom. 8:26).
We have the Holy Spirit, God’s divine intercessor, actually living inside us to teach us how to pray, to reveal God’s Word to us, to guide us into all truth and to actually pray for us!
What is an intercessor? The word intercede is from the Latin words inter, which means “between,” and cede, which means “to go.” To intercede means “to go between.” Between what? you may ask. As intercessors, we stand in the gap between what is (the need) and what should be (God’s will).
We intercede on behalf of people, crisis situations and nations. We also intercede for righteousness where we see unrighteousness, for mercy where we see unforgiveness, for love where we see hate, for grace where there is need, and so on. The Holy Spirit knows the gaps that the Father desires for us to fill. So He gives us a burden for that which we should pray.
Andrew Murray, the famous South African revivalist from the nineteenth century, describes how God breathes the life of Christ into our hearts through prayer:
“The Holy Spirit has been bestowed by the Father to breathe the very Spirit of His Son into our hearts. Our Lord desires us to yield ourselves as wholly to God as He did—to pray as He did, that God’s will of love would be done on earth at any cost. As God’s love is revealed in His desire for the salvation of souls, so also the desire of Jesus was made plain when He gave Himself for them. And He now asks that the same love would fill His people, too, so that they give themselves wholly to the work of intercession and, at any cost, pray down God’s love upon the perishing world.
Lest anyone should begin to think that this is beyond his reach, the Holy Spirit of Jesus is actually given into our hearts so that we may pray in His likeness, in His name, and in His power. It is the man who yields himself wholly to the leading of the Holy Spirit who will feel urged, by compulsion of a divine love, to surrender himself completely to a life of continual intercession, because he knows that it is God who is working in Him.
Now we can understand how Christ could give such unlimited promises of answer to prayer to His disciples: they were first going to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Now we understand how God can give such a high place to intercession in the fulfillment of His purpose of redemption. It is the Holy Spirit who breathes God’s own desire into us and enables us to intercede for souls.”
Although many feel that they must be good at praying, God requires only that we are available. If we will be faithful and step up to the plate, God will take our inaccuracies and inadequacies and hit a home run! When we pray, we actually partner with the Spirit of the living God! Our success in prayer is not based on how well we articulate the words of prayer, but simply whether we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit so He can pray through us!
Are there times when you don’t even know how to pray for the things that burden you?
You will never miss the mark by praying the Scriptures. For example, if a riot had developed in your city after a rock concert, you could pray, “Lord, according to Your Word in Psalm 55:9, ‘Confuse the wicked, O Lord, confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city.’ And now I stand in the gap for the youth of our town, that they will see You as their salvation and help.”
Continue to ask God for breakthrough until you feel His peace.
Question: Please read the following Scriptures and list some situations in which you could pray using these verses. Psalm 91:5–7; Psalm 91:11–13; Colossians 1:13–14; 2 Timothy 1:7
Paul encourages us to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Eph. 6:18). He set the example for us, because he practiced what he preached.
In 1 Corinthians 14:15, Paul explained, “I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind.” Jude 20 says, “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.”
(eddy and alice smith “school of prayer”)