Today we explored another section of the book The Battle Plan for Prayer, from Alex and Stephen Kendrick. This week we focus on the importance of the Holy Spirit in our prayer life.
The Holy Spirit is the engine of the Christian life. The Holy Spirit guides us and empowers us to do what we cannot do on our own. The Holy Spirit, as the rushing, mighty wind we read about in John 3:8 and Acts 2:2, can and should breathe life into every segment of our prayer life!
Prayer is an admission that WE are not in control but that we are under GOD’S control (Psalm 103:19). God urges us into prayer because He has given us the Holy Spirit for guidance and direction.
The point of this study and this book is to offer Him our best work of prayer, but we still understand that we trust in the Holy Spirit to take it to the next level
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you.”
Remember that the Holy Spirit is what guides our prayer – we are still inadequate without His spirit guiding us!
Powerful prayer starts with the Holy Spirit. Paul reminds is in Ephesians 6:18 –
“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.”
We all have the Holy Spirit within us – do you realize that? Ephesians 1:13-14 says, “When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance…”
We must be filled with, submit to, and walk in the Spirit, instead of following our sinful flesh. Ephesians 5:18 “be filled with the Spirit,” is not a suggestion – it’s a command! It’s a daily decision to submit and live walking in the Spirit.
We can ask God every morning to fill us with His Spirit and surrender to His Lordship. When we obey and abide in Christ, which means to accept and act in accordance with something, we become more tuned in to the voice of the Spirit within us.
Let’s share what the Kendrick brothers write about three things that happen when we allow the Spirit into our prayer life:
#1 – He reveals God and His word to us. John 14:17 – “The Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”
John 16:13 – “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”
#2 – He prays for us. Wait. The Holy Spirit prays for us? Romans 8:26 says, “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.”
It’s awesome to think that we have two perfect prayer partners – Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 7:24-25 says, 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.25 Therefore he is able to save completely[a] those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
#3 – He guides our praying. The Spirit inwardly reminds and leads believers to cry out to our father in prayer. Sometimes we may say that God speaks to us; but it’s less of an audible sound and more of an internal knowing. This drives us to do something specific for the glory of God.
It’s the Spirit saying, “this is the way, walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21)
Does God communicate with us personally? The testimonies from scripture indicate YES!
Acts 9:10-19: God directs Ananias to seek out Paul.
Acts 8:29-30: The Spirit directs Philip to seek out the Ethiopian reading Isaiah.
Our prayers are not bound by our limitations because the Spirit has no limits and he is living inside of us!
Lord, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to lead me and guide me; and fill me with your wisdom and insight. Just as you’ve sent Him here to testify to Christ through your people on the earth, I pray that my heart will desire him for that very reason – that my life will bear living witness to Jesus. Fill me with your Spirit. Teach me to walk in your Spirit and pray in the Spirit. Everywhere I go, with everyone I encounter. In every place, be glorified in me.
Thanks for listening!
-Joe, Lilly and Hannah