Devotional: The Spirit’s Part in Prayer

The Holy Spirit is the only source of effective prayer. Not only does He intercede for us but He also gives us the power that makes our prayer effective. In Ephesians 3:20, speaking about prayer and what God is able to do through prayer, Paul says this:

Now to Him who is able [that is God]...to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.  (NAS)

There is no limit that we can set with our minds or our understanding as to what God can do in answer to our prayer. But the effectiveness of prayer is according to the power that works within us. It’s the power within us that makes our prayer effective. What is that power? Well, Paul has already made it clear in Romans 8—it’s the power of the Holy Spirit.

We see this in reality. You can have two Christians. Each pray identical words, maybe for the healing of a person. One person gets everything he prays for, the other gets nothing. Now there’s no difference in their words. The difference is in the power that’s in the words. We have to acknowledge that we are totally dependent upon the Holy Spirit to guide us in prayer and to empower us in prayer. And, we need to bear in mind what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 4:20:

For the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power.

It’s not all the words we pray. In fact, sometimes I think we pray too many words and some prayers are too long. But, it’s the power that works through those words. And we have to learn how to cultivate the Holy Spirit, how to understand the Holy Spirit, how to yield to the Holy Spirit, how to let Him guide us and empower us in our prayers.

Reflect:

You are totally dependent upon the Holy Spirit to guide you in prayer and to empower you in prayer.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I want to be someone that knows how to pray in the power of your Spirit. I cannot do anything by myself, just like Jesus Christ was totally dependent on the Holy Spirit when He was on earth. But by your Spirit, He did mighty acts. This world doesn’t need more empty words. Show them the reality of who You are through your power that is in me. Amen.

 

This devotional is taken from: The Holy Spirit in You

Also recommended: How to be Led by the Holy Spirit

 

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