We’re continuing to discuss prayer at Elevate, and last Thursday we started into the role of the Holy Spirit in our prayer life and in our lives.
Being tuned into His Spirit is flowing with His prompting in His time. He’s not focused on the method, your timing, or what’s been done previously; He’s focused on the individual and the result. He’s looking for love and obedience. He’s not Someone you can work; He’s Someone who waits to work with you.
Things we should know and understand:
1. God sent the Holy Spirit because we need it, and the Spirit helps with our weakness, our infirmities, our distress (the absence of strength, our inability to produce results).
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you….But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:16-18, 26
“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
Jesus used these words to describe the Holy Spirit: Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener. This is who the Holy Spirit should be in our life – We need all of these things.
You can’t discipline yourself to the Christian life; You’ll only get frustrated. The Holy Spirit was sent to support you in what God has for you.
2. The Spirit gives us direction and power. He gives us the unction to pray, and He makes up for our weaknesses in prayer.
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
He’s not only a helper – He is power (ability) for telling people everywhere about Christ. He gives us knowledge of when to pray and the power to do so. He intercedes on our behalf when we don’t know what to pray. He is the power Christ promised to give.
The Holy Spirit is Someone called alongside to help. You don’t have to pursue it, but the fact that God made it available is reason enough for us to believe we need it.
Challenge: Change the way you think about the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to reveal to you how He is your _____________. [Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener]