The Holy Spirit Helps us Pray (Part 1)
God has been diligently teaching me how the Holy Spirit helps us to pray. Within a week and a half, I’ve had three encounters that opened my eyes to this amazing gift. Before I tell you about them, I want to share the Scriptures that reveal this ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 6:18 – Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
The Matthew Henry Commentary expounds on this verse saying, “We must pray with all kinds of prayer, public, private, and secret; social and solitary; solemn and sudden: with all the parts of prayer; confession of sin, petition for mercy, and thanksgiving for favours received. And we must do it by the grace of God the Holy Spirit, in dependence on, and according to, his teaching.” (emphasis mine)
Jude 20 – But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,
Matthew Henry says of this verse, “Our prayers are most likely to prevail, when we pray in the Holy Ghost, under his guidance and influence, according to the rule of his word, with faith, fervency, and earnestness; this is praying in the Holy Ghost.” (emphasis mine)
The Holy Spirit is always ready to partner with us to pray for others and to help us reach out to others for prayer. Here’s how I saw this at work in my own life this week.
I had been experiencing a spiritual battle. I was distracted, busy, and finding it hard to concentrate on Scripture and in prayer. I felt a nudge to reach out to my friend Kathy and ask her to pray for me. I wasn’t fully awake to the fact that the Holy Spirit was moving me to ask for prayer. The thought of telling her why I needed prayer embarrassed me. I let pride persuade me to dismiss the help God had planned for me.
A few days later, I traveled to Tennessee. Eight hours of alone time in the car gave me the stillness I needed. I finally gained the clarity I needed to ask a few friends to pray with me on the phone about the distractedness and difficultly I was experiencing. One of the things the Lord revealed to me while we prayed together is this: when I choose to be afraid, I open the door for the enemy to launch an attack against me.
Have you noticed fear being the precursor to chaos in your life?
While in Tennessee, Kathy texted me that I had been on her mind for days and she had been praying for me. Not only had the Holy Spirit moved her to pray for me, but He also motivated her to tell me so that I could recognize His ministry to me. I confessed to her that I had resisted the opportunity to ask her to pray for me. I told her why I needed her prayers. THEN she told me that those were the exact things that she felt led her to pray for me.
WOW! Just Wow! The Holy Spirit suddenly become so much more real to me in that moment.
It’s hard to describe to you how much this helped me to experience God’s unfailing love for me. Instead of wagging His finger at me for not obeying His prompting, He found someone who was ready to say “yes” to Him. His mercy triumphs over judgment.(James 2:13) My mistake did not cause me to loose favor with God. He is chasing me down with His goodness and mercy towards me (Psalm 23:6) especially on the days I find it hard to seek Him with my whole heart. His love is unhindered by my lack of perfect performance.
Kathy was alert to the Holy Spirit. Her prayers for me and contact with me about the prayer boosted my faith. She fulfilled Ephesians 6:18 and Jude 1:20 on my behalf. She didn’t have to strive to do so. She was empowered by the Holy Spirit.
In the next post, I’ll share the next two encounters that increased my awareness of the Holy Spirit as our very present help in the area of prayer!
My prayer is that you will recognize the help of the Holy Spirit in your own life this week. You can simply invite Him to let your mind and mouth become a vessel of His prayers.
Check out this EXCELLENT message on prayer by Timothy Keller. In it He addresses the help of the Holy Spirit. It’s so rich, that I’ve listened to it three times.
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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.