Prayer within a Prayer

Romans 8:26In the same way the Spirit also 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;”

Have you ever had something that so pressed upon your conscience and troubled your heart that the words just couldn’t come out?

Those moments of vexation can be so overwhelming that eking out the strength to even cry out is all you can do. The sudden loss of a loved one, the news you didn’t want to hear, the bleakness of an unseen future can diminish the ability to see any light in that immediate darkness.

In the moments of trouble and pain, the Lord is right there, listening, searching your heart, guiding you through… is then where He intercedes.

There was a man named Job who was in one those predicaments. His world had collapsed around him…..literally. In what must have seemed an instant he went from being healthy, well respected, wealthy, and blessed, to homeless, sick, and mourning the loss of his children.

Job 37:19Teach us what we should say to Him, For we can prepare nothing because of the darkness.”

*What can you say in the midst of such trouble? Your children are all dead, they cannot return, what else is there to pray?

Sometimes, our hearts intent doesn’t match our minds interpretation.

Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. God, in the midst of His temple, uses the nature of the believer to offer prayers of intercession.

1 Corinthians 6:19Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”

The importance of maintaining God’s temple as a place of reverence and holiness is imperative for those who carry His name into the world. If we diminish the need for purity, we subject our bodies to vices that defile His temple and will see the product of these lifestyle choices.

If we revere God’s presence, if we desire fellowship with His Spirit, and if our hope in trusting His lead is paramount, we will sanctify our lives for Him.

Romans 8:27And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God”

Here lies the dilemma…..

Do we want to see our will manifest in our lives or do we desire to see God’s perfect will accomplished?

When God’s will is accomplished, the results are manifold.

We cannot understand the fullness of God’s plan. If we could understand God, He would be less than what He reveals and we would be far more than we anticipated. This line of thinking has lead many astray into the darkness of pride and self-righteousness. It is this pride that led to Lucifer’s fall, man’s collapse, and has inhibited many from trusting in God’s provision.

When the Spirit of God intercedes on our behalf, He is doing so according to God’s purposes and not our own…..This is predominantly why we cannot pray as we should. Our circumstances inhibit our ability to see God’s purposes manifest before us. We get so caught up in how an event has affected us, we take our eyes off of Him and place it on ourselves.

  Proverbs 4:23Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”

We must remember, there is a conscious and unconscious response in respect to circumstances. Whatever resides in our hearts, whether it is the Spirit of God or the spirit of this world, is where the unconscious decisions originate.

1 Timothy 1:5Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,”

As O. Chambers once said, “He(God) will be responsible for the unconscious part which we do not know, but we must pay careful attention to and guard the conscious part for which we are responsible.”

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