How should we pray?

Sept 24, 2019

Good Morning Fellow Travelers,

Read: Mat 6:5-15

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Rom 8:26).

I can surely identify with the Apostle Paul, when he says in Romans 8:26-27, “We know not what we should pray for as we ought.” How many times do we approach God with so much to pray for that we do not know where to begin? We are groaning about it, so it makes sense that the Spirit intercedes for us with groanings also. The thing that we can count on is that the Spirit is in unity with God and he can then make intersession for us according to God’s will.

So often we ask amiss. At best we are as Tennyson wrote in “Memoriam;” Infants crying in the night, With no language but a cry.” We can thank God for the Holy Spirit: who makes intercession knowing what we need the most. This is the secret and condition of true prayer. The Spirit takes our broken, imperfect sighs and utterances and bears them up before God, our Father.       

God responds to prayer, not because of our intelligence but because of his. He knows better what we need than we do. We have a great need to say as the disciples did, to request as they did, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We can be instructed in this holy art by the very one who invites us to it. Effectual prayer is dependent on relationship. Are we fervent in spiritual things? Only in fervency can prayer be effective.

~~ James Baer

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