Read: Romans 8:26
In the same way the Spirit 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.
Reflect: We don’t know how to pray as we should! What a true statement. A reality that ought to keep each of us humbled and reliant on the Holy Spirit every time we go to prayer. God is so amazing, He knows how weak and misguided we often are and rather than chastise us, He serves us. He sent His Spirit to empower us as we pray because we don’t know how to pray as we should. So the Holy Spirit intercedes for us. He fills the gap we leave. In fact, if left to ourselves very few of us would pray at all. It is the Holy Spirit that prompts us to pray and it is the Holy Spirit alone that can empower and energize our prayer lives. Ephesians 6:18 says; “Pray at all times in the Spirit.” Paul was saying, don’t pray in the flesh, in your own power, that is useless and a huge waste of time, but surrender to His Spirit and invite Him to empower and lead you when you pray. You may have tried to pray and sincerely given it your very best shot and come away thinking, “I will never be effective at praying for others.” You may have felt a dry deadness to your prayers, an empty sense that something was missing, because it was! The only real power in prayer comes from the Spirit of God, not mine or your self effort. When we pray empowered by His Spirit, it isn’t our effort that is driving our time of prayer, it is His presence. Think of it this way, you can row your boat or you can hoist your sail and allow Him to fill it with fresh wind that will carry you into His throne room. Obviously both boats are moving, but they are empowered with completely different possibilities. This doesn’t mean every time you pray it will feel like a revival, but it does mean there will be a purpose and power that is supernatural in your time of prayer.
Begin today by first agreeing with the Word of God. You and I don’t know how to pray as we ought, deal with that reality every day. Prayer is spiritual and supernatural, you and I are often unspiritual and very natural. Be real about your need. It may mean telling the Holy Spirit you are desperate for His presence and hungry for His touch. Ask Him to fill your heart with expectation and faith. You may need to just sit still and allow Him to minister to you before you ever begin to pray. Remember prayer is a lifeline to Jesus and He is hungry for time with you. Embrace intimacy with Him when He shows up and invite Him to lead you as you pray.
Holy Spirit, today I yield to you. I long to learn to pray in the Spirit. Come to me and build intimacy with me so I might honor Jesus in my prayer life.