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. ” Romans 8: 26
Prayer that truly “avails much” is praying in the Spirit. This kind of prayer according to James 5:16, is “powerful and effective”. The great Apostle Paul encourages us to “to pray in the Spirit on all occasions”, (Ephesians 6:18). The greatest example of course, of praying in the Spirit is the Lord Himself who, “During the days of Jesus ‘ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death and he was heard (Hebrews 5:7). The actual record of the prayers of the Lord shows graphically the fervency and intensity of His prayers. Luke recorded the prayers of the Lord in Luke 22:44,
“And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. ‘
Praying in the Spirit is the only prayer that builds the kingdom of God on earth. This great task is given to the Church of Christ. Every member of the Church, therefore, are mandated by God to pray. Prayer for God’s people is a must. Not only because we need God in our lives and “without Him, we can do nothing. ” We must be in constant and regular prayer because:
First, the House of God is a house of prayer. Notice Isaiah 56: 7, “These I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. ” The house of God is a house of prayer. The House of God is the Church of God (I Timothy 2:15). Therefore if one is in the house of God he has no other choice but to pray.
Second, to pray and pray in the Spirit comes naturally for God’s people in the Church. The reason is that the Church is the dwelling place of
God through the Holy Spirit, “In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him, you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit” (Ephesians 2:21-22). The Holy Spirit is patiently urging God’s people through His sent ones to pray. Notice the constant and patient teaching of the Apostle by word and by example to pray at least one hour a day. And as a sign of our maturity in our faith, we are admonished to strive a two-hour prayer a day.
To top it all, the Holy Scriptures command is for us to “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17). This is only proper for the Church that is waiting for the coming of the Lord! “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man ”
Fourth Watchers on your knees!
By: Bishop Art Ferriol
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