I sat at my desk today writing notes to persons who support this ministry in prayer and became overwhelmed with the whole support system of grace that most of us take for granted. We easily become ritualistic in our prayer life, forgetting that it is a living relationship with Almighty God who is our Father through our faith in the Lord Jesus.
When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, He taught them to say, “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9). In the final days Jesus had with His disciples, He said to them, “I am ascending to My Father and your Father, My God and your God” (John 20:17). How we need to treasure this relationship as the highest of all relationships anyone could have – it is eternal.
Paul helps us understand how to experience and enjoy this relationship with God. God has given the Holy Spirit within us to remind us that we “have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry “Abba Father!” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:15-16). In this relationship, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (8:26). How would this change your times of prayer?
Can you even begin to realize what this means? Remember these verses as you pray for anything, particularly others. Yes, we must be genuine in our praying, not casual. The Helper is filling in what lacks so that our prayers reach the ear of the Father with the divine touch of the Spirit. If we relied more on the Spirit in prayer, He might also change what we ask for so it agrees with God’s will and purpose.
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