The Spirit of Prayer

“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 with groans that words cannot express.  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” – Romans 8:26-27  

Charles Finney has a participatory interpretation of Romans 8:26-27. The Holy Spirit does not intercede on our behalf in spite of us, but through us.  The Holy Spirit excites our senses and drives us to prayer; it us our job to give ourselves over to prayers as He leads and look for the results. 

This is the beautiful reassurance of praying the will of God and doing so with absolute faith.  On our own we are subject to doubting our prayers.  “We do not know what we ought to pray for.”  We are weak.  Rather than fearing your weakness or being ashamed of it, dwell in that weakness so that your prayers are absolutely dependent. 

Often times words will fail you.  But who says prayers have to be put into words?  Some of the greatest prayers will come from a dumbfound mind and desperately burdened heart that aches within for God’s presence.

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