TEXT: Romans 8:26:
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 230 messages in this series.
This is message #231 titled, You Never Have to Pray Alone, Part 1.
Have you ever begun to pray and felt as though your words were inadequate? Have you ever thought your prayers lacked power? Or that your intercessions couldn’t pierce the ceiling, much less get past the clouds? When we consider that we are going before the throne of the Almighty, I think we all can identify with such feelings. In fact, it would be safe to say that we should feel inadequate and unworthy before the Father. Anytime we become too confident, we are on slippery ground. Paul warned about this when he said, “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” But we do not have to be sidelined by our inadequacy in prayer because God has provided us a helper in the Holy Spirit.
Warren Wiersbe said, “God is concerned about the trials of His people. When He was ministering on earth, Jesus groaned when He saw what sin was doing to mankind. Today the Holy Spirit groans with us and feels the burdens of our weaknesses and suffering. But the Spirit does more than groan. He prays for us in His groaning so that we might be led into the will of God. We do not always know God’s will. We do not always know how to pray, but the Spirit intercedes so that we might live in the will of God in spite of suffering. The Spirit ‘shares the burden.'”
In this passage, Paul acknowledges that we can often be weak in prayer. He uses the word “infirmities,” which means “feebleness or a lack of strength.” We experience infirmity in prayer when we have prayed for something for a long time, but have not received an answer, and we feel like giving up. We experience infirmity in prayer when we pray our way through a difficult day when it seems like nothing is going right, and at day’s end we feel like saying, “What’s the use? I did all that praying for nothing.” We also experience infirmity in prayer when, as Paul says, “we know not what we should pray for.” And not only are there times when we don’t know what to pray for, but there are times when we don’t even know how to pray. Have you ever looked at a messed up situation and thought to yourself, “I don’t even know how to begin to pray for that”? The devil seizes upon these times and tries to use them to convince us to give up on praying all together.
But God’s Word tells us that we are not alone in prayer. We have a helper — God Himself in the form of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. We know already that God the Father is the hearer and answerer of our prayers. We know also that Jesus Christ is interceding on our behalf before the Father’s throne. But He is fulfilling His substitutionary role as the Atoner of our sins. It is the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, who helps us in our daily prayer life.
Let me leave you with these words by Andrew Reed from the hymn, “Spirit Divine, Inspire Our Prayer”
Spirit divine, inspire our prayer
and make our hearts your home;
descend with all your gracious power;
come, Holy Spirit, come!
Come as the light; reveal our need,
our hidden failings show,
and lead us in those paths of life
where all on the righteous go.
Come as the fire and clean our hearts
with purifying flame;
let our whole soul an offering be
to our Redeemer’s name.
Come as the dove and spread your wings,
the wings of peace and love,
until your church on earth below
joins with your church above.
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.