having the Spirit to pray

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Ephesians 6

In Jesus we have the Holy Spirit to help us pray, and that Spirit is present and active, no matter how we feel. Romans 8:26-27 tells us that when we feel weak and at a loss, the Spirit helps us, and even prays for us:

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 through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

Thankfully there are those times when we sense the Spirit to help us pray boldly and persistently. It’s encouraging, no matter what, because I often feel at a loss, yet I seem to gradually be more aware of the Spirit present to help me pray, of course all by God’s grace to us in Jesus.

And so I am thankful to God for the Holy Spirit who through Jesus helps us to pray, and to keep praying. For God’s good will for us, and for the world. And in accord with the gospel: God’s good news in Jesus.


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