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.
— PRAYER —
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 231 messages in this series.
This is message #232 titled, You Never Have to Pray Alone, Part 2.
In our last message, we discovered the marvelous truth that the Holy Spirit is our partner in prayer. He is our personal prayer partner who comes alongside us. Why do we need this powerful partner in prayer? Because sometimes we are weak in prayer, we have infirmities in prayer, we do not know what to pray for, and we do not know how to pray. It is in these times that the Holy Spirit will come alongside us and help us. Douglas Moo said, “Paul is saying that our failure to know God’s will and consequent inability to petition God specifically and assuredly is met by God’s Spirit, who himself expresses to God those intercessory petitions that perfectly match the will of God. When we do not know what to pray for — yes, even when we pray for things that are not best for us — we need not despair, for we can depend on the Spirit’s ministry of perfect intercession ‘on our behalf.'”
The Bible says the Holy Spirit helps us in prayer by ‘itself making intercession for us.’ The word translated as intercession means: to entreat or to intercede on behalf of another. While there are other words translated as intercession (or some variant of it) in Scripture, the Greek word that Paul uses in this particular verse is only found here in all of the New Testament. When we look at the meaning of the variants of this word, we find that it also means: to meet a person for the purpose of supplication, conversation, or consultation. The Holy Spirit is doing all of this on our behalf. It is important to note, however, that the Holy Spirit does not pray apart (or separate) from us; rather, He prays as a part of us. He is not an excuse for us to cease praying; rather, He is an encouragement for us to pray even more fervently.
Let’s examine in more detail what the Holy Spirit does for us in the matter of prayer. First, He makes supplication for us. Supplication is asking or petitioning the throne of God for the fulfillment of our needs or desires. Sometimes, we feel confused about what we want or what we need. We can’t decide what is best for us; we don’t know if it is right to pray for certain things. In these times, we can be confident that the Holy Spirit is petitioning the Father on our behalf. His requests are always in our best interest and always in line with the Father’s will.
Deborah Ann Belka said:
come comfort me
give me faith
in what I can’t see.
Be my truth,
I need Your sight
be my guiding light.
control my mind
direct me to where
Your peace I’ll find.
Be my shield,
show me the way
lead me how to pray.
teach me to trust
help me to see
You’re always just.
Reveal to me,
what is Your plan
govern me with
Your mighty hand.
come comfort me
let me forever . . .
abide with Thee!
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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.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.