Expert Help for Our Prayers
How are you doing in your personal life and in your ministry? I wish I could visit you and learn what’s on your heart. Maybe you are full of joy over the good things the Lord has done for you, or perhaps you feel discouraged because of the struggles you are going through.
God knows every detail of your life, and He wants to encourage you daily with His Word. In this letter, I would like to share with you some scriptures about prayer that should make you glad every time you think about them.
The Bible exhorts us to pray continually and about everything:
Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6).
It also says that we must pray in faith; otherwise, we will not receive anything:
But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord (James 1:6–7).
However, there are times we don’t know how to pray for a difficult situation. For example:
A son has gone astray and lives in rebellion to God and his parents, and they don’t know how to rescue him.
A husband quits working, drinks and mistreats his wife and children. He doesn't care about the tears and suffering of his family and won’t accept any advice.
An old grandmother is near death, and her family has no idea if God wants to take her home or raise her up.
A young woman is treated poorly by her in-laws, and she is discouraged and hurt and doesn't know how to change the situation.
We face opposition and problems in our ministry, and we are unable to stop the harassment.
Yes, we pray for things like these in faith, asking God to intervene and to do a miracle—but only in a general way. So often we can’t pray specifically because our knowledge about the situation is limited. Also, we have no idea how God wants to deal with it.
Did you know God already has provided someone to pray the right prayer on our behalf?
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:26–27).
This scripture means: When we got saved, the Holy Spirit came to live in us. He knows the difficult situations we face and the hurt and sorrow we feel. He also understands the limitations of our prayers and knows the will of God for each situation we encounter. So when we pray, He strengthens our weak prayers by adding His prayer to ours. He does this by interceding for us and our problem according to the specific will of God.
This is good news for us, because there is a promise in the Bible that says:
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him (1 John 5:14–15).
There is someone else who always prays for us:
Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us (Romans 8:34).
He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25).
After Jesus went to heaven and took His place at the right hand of God, He didn't forget us and our struggles. Even right now, He continues to pray for us.
We are so blessed that both the Holy Spirit and Jesus intercede for us. It’s like our Heavenly Father gives us a double assurance that our needs and prayers are presented before Him in a perfect way and that He will surely answer us according to His perfect will.
Because we have such wonderful and expert help for our prayers, let us pray faithfully and with courage for the needs of others as well as for our own.
My dear sister, may God’s love and grace be with you always.
With love and prayers,
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