The Holy Spirit Helps Us Pray (Part 2)
We can get stumped and wonder how to pray for someone or even ourselves. The need feels so great and maybe we feel so small. God knows and He has made a way for us to know what to pray and even who to pray for.
I hope you had a chance to read my last post where I shared how the Holy Spirit helped my friend Kathy pray for me. With great love, He supernaturally showed her how to pray for me when I had been a bit too embarrassed and prideful to tell her how I was struggling.
Today, I want to share with you how the Lord continues to show me the WOW of His Spirit at work to help us pray.
I do some of my best praying while I’m driving. Last week, I had the privilege of babysitting our granddaughter, so it was well with my soul as I drove the 40+ minutes home. I began to pray about an issue that I needed to address with people we employ. Each time I tried to say the name of the person I was praying for, a different employee’s name came to my mind. I got frustrated with myself because distraction often seems like my greatest nemesis. I pressed in and prayed again trying to use the correct name. Again and again, the other name kept coming to me.
Finally, I realized that the Holy Spirit might be calling me to pray for this person whose name was determined to interrupt my prayers. So, I stopped and simply asked the Lord to please help her. I left the vehicle sure that was the end of the story. But it wasn’t.
Within a few hours, the lady whose name kept interrupting my prayers was on the phone telling me that her sister died and she would need a day off for the funeral. I am still just stunned by it. God’s sweet love for this lady came calling in my heart. He knocked and knocked until He got my attention. It’s so mysterious and fascinating to me. The Holy Spirit helped me to pray for her when I had NO IDEA she had a need.
I’m SO thankful for this experience!
Thank You God for interrupting me with what You wanted me to pray! Thank You God for helping me to see that sometimes those distractions might be ordained by You! Thank You God for helping me to see how much You love people and want them to be prayed for. Thank You God for teaching me to be more alert to the promptings of Your Spirit guiding my prayers.
But wait … there’s more ya’ll.
God is really driving this concept of having our prayers empowered by the Holy Spirit home to me. One of the ladies on our church prayer team texted me last week that she read a Scripture prayer card and she heard my name in her spirit. She dismissed the idea of sending this information to me because she was sure it wasn’t something I needed to hear. But the Holy Spirit pressed my name into her heart again. So she quickly obeyed and sent me the prayer and Scripture. Here’s what it said:
“O Lord, let me not be afraid to ask for help.”
Psalm 34:17 – The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.
This was exactly what the Lord knew I needed to hear from Him. He used my friend to show me how to surrender more of my heart to Him. He is answering my prayers for greater humility and the demolition of pride that keeps me from being raw, broken, and gut-level honest with Him about some things.
I’m sharing this with you because maybe you need to hear it too. Maybe you need to know that God will move heaven and earth to help us get real with Him about the things that we try to hide, dismiss or handle on our own. Why? Because He knows He can do something about it and He wants to!
God pressed this truth further into my soul with these words from Derek Prince’s book, Secrets of a Prayer Warrior:
When you think about renouncing your own will and embracing the will of God, let me suggest you bear three truths in mind. First of all, God loves you more than you love yourself. Second, God understands you better than you understand yourself. And third, God wants only the best for you. When you truly yield to God’s will, you will discover that it is what the Bible says it is: “good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
Reverent submission understands that prayer is not a way for us to get God to do what we want. When we say, “Your will be done,” we are becoming instruments for God to do what He wants.
As I see glimpses of how the Holy Spirit is guiding people to pray for me and me to pray for others, I see these three truths. God wants me (and you) to fearlessly ask Him for help because …
- He wants to help us more than we want the help. He is our Savior, Deliverer, Defender, Friend, Shepherd, Father, Wonderful Counselor … and so much more!
- He understands our needs better than we do. The Holy Spirit helps others know when to and how to pray for us.
- He wants the best for us. He is able to do MORE than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). The Holy Spirit helps us ask for and imagine what He wants to give us and others.
What a GENEROUS GOD! I’m thankful that for this community of help God orchestrates in my life and yours. These experiences I am sharing are just a glimpse of what the Holy Spirit can do for us and through us.
May God reveal His love to you and through you by the incredible power of His Spirit. May we all have ears to hear the Holy Spirit and hearts filled with courage to follow His leading. In Jesus, I pray. Amen
Jude 20 – But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.