“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words,” Romans 8:26
There is so much more that the Holy Spirit does for us. We have just talked about a few of the things these past couple of weeks. But this one may be my very favorite of all. You see this one, if no other, this one is the one that says in so many ways that the Holy Spirit, He’s got your back. I know if you are like me, you don’t always know what to pray. Sometimes the situation or the circumstance that is in front of us is just so overwhelming that this is when we get to just call on the Holy Spirit and say take this from me. Surely I am not the only one who at times has no idea how to even pray that a situation will turn out.
Or maybe there is a person that you have prayed for and maybe even some of the prayers you have prayed have come true but the results were still not exactly how you thought they would play out. That’s the time to say Holy Spirit take this one, intercede for me and pray for what ought to be instead of what I THINK ought to be.
I can’t tell you the number of times in my prayers, I will start to pray “Lord, I need this to happen this particular way and I want it to play out like this …” And then I will back up and say “Lord, you’ve got this, please just handle it however You see fit.” And I give it over to the Holy Spirit and you know what? He helps me in my weakness. He comforts me, and calms my soul and I can be assured that He takes what concerns me and He lays my requests down to the Father. I am all about some collective prayer and getting some prayer warriors together to pray for something that we need to happen. But, truly at the end of the day, having the Holy Spirit on my side to pray for me, in the big stuff going on, in the little stuff going on and anything and everything in between going on, is the most important prayer partner I could have.
Because, you know when I leave it to Him, when I truly turn it over to Him, then I know that the one who is able will do it for His glory.
“Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)
I love how the NKJV puts it “exceedingly abundantly above”. Truly when I leave things up to Him and I pray for His will to be done rather than try to conform His will to my will it turns out “exceedingly abundantly above” what I could have ever dreamed up. I was visiting with a friend just last night and we both were sharing ways the Lord has worked things out for us, that were more than we could have dreamed. Now you know I am not saying all of this to say my life is perfect. Far from it, I still live and walk in this fallen world just like you do. But when I hand things over to the Lord and you ask the Holy Spirit to be my guide and to intercede for me I promise you He’s the best guide there is. And that He will guide in ways and the Lord will work for in ways that will blow your mind.
So my friends, what’s troubling you today? Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede on your behalf and to help you in your weakness. What big thing do you have ahead of you? Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the strength to do it. What’s making you sad? Ask the Holy Spirit to comfort you. What person do you need to show love to that just might not be very lovable? Ask the Holy Spirit to love them through you.
Thank you Jesus for leaving us with the Holy Spirit. Thank you for being my guide, my helper, my comforter, my confidant, my friend, my intercessor, my prayer partner, my everything I need!