Sunday, November 23, 2014

I Don't Know How To Pray

There are many times that people ask me to pray for this thing or that thing or this person or that person. And many times I have no idea how to pray. There are things I want to say and ask but I really don't know if they are the will of God. Isaiah says that God's ways are not my ways and God's thoughts are not my thoughts...so sometimes this leaves me very uncertain.

However, there are two verses that have brought me much comfort and direction in my prayers over the years...

Rom. 8:26-27 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. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. 

I like these two verses because they describe how I think and feel a lot:

1. I do not know what I "ought to pray for." I know what I would like, but I don't know if it is God's will and plan for that person or situation. You have felt that, haven't you?

2. The Spirit helps me in my weakness. I do not like feeling weak, but this is often the case...especially when it comes to prayer. I love how the Spirit wants to help us.

3. The Spirit intercedes for me. I love this idea. He knows what to pray for in accordance with God's will...and this is really what we want, isn't it?

On the practical side of this or how this works for me: Whenever someone asks me to pray for them or another, I simply pray, "God, you know this person and circumstance. I want your will for them. Holy Spirit, will you please intercede for me and them according to the Father's will? Thank you, in Jesus Name."

So, the next time someone asks you to pray and you do not know what you ought to pray for, ask the Spirit for His help to pray according to God's will in every situation and circumstance.

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