When you read the three sets of Bible verses below, what do you see they all have in common? Let me encourage you to consider this as you read through them. The Lord shows us through all of them the vitalness of the Holy Spirit when it comes to prayer! We who have turned from our sins and put our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord who died to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, making a genuine commitment to live for Jesus and following through with it, now have the Holy Spirit living inside us! How then are we to pray?
According to the will of God! According to the leading of the Holy Spirit! With the help of the Holy Spirit! In line with the Bible! Trusting God’s Holy Spirit to guide us as we pray and as we yield ourselves to Him!
Please be inspired as you read them to reflect on how you pray and to see if you need to make any changes. I have found the closer I draw to the Lord, the more I read the Bible, the more time I spend in God’s presence, the more I surrender myself to the Lord and His ways, the more I live for Him, the more Jesus lives in and through me, the more I ask God to fill me afresh with more of His Holy Spirit, the more sensitive I aspire to be to the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit, the more I sense how God wants me to pray! According to HIS WILL – for HIS GLORY! Amen!
“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—” Ephesians 6:18
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Jude 1:20-21
“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. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27
This verse does not mention the Holy Spirit directly, but please note the importance of PRAYING ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD ALMIGHTY!
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15