“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. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27 NIV
Intercession is the hardest work in the world–the giving of one’s self, time, strength, energy, and attention to the needs of others in a way that no one but God sees, no one but God will do anything about, and no one but God will ever reward you for.”
The Lord impressed something on my mind today that I couldn’t shake. He was asking, “Do you believe I will answer your prayer?”
Why do I bring this up? Because today I was asked to pray for 2 young children who were burning up with a raging fever due to Malaria. They are patients of my missionary friends in Africa.
Although my heart was breaking, I felt like my prayers did little good. If I had more faith, wouldn’t I pray with more conviction? Wouldn’t I feel something?
Not necessarily. If faith depended on feelings, we’d be in a boatload of trouble. I believe faith is believing God’s promises, believing His Word, trusting Him, and knowing that He is love. Whether feelings accompany our prayers or not, God’s Word is still Truth.
Just maybe, when we feel like our prayers aren’t making it out of the room, we need to say, “IT IS WRITTEN!”
After all, prayer is spiritual warfare! Just like Jesus did when Satan tempted Him, we can say those same words and encourage ourselves. Isn’t Satan trying to deceive us into thinking our prayers won’t change anything? He is a liar! So let us say,
It is written! “… whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)
It is written! “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7 )
It is written! “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16 NKJV
When someone is desperate, and asks me to pray, I want to know that God hears me and that His will will be done. I want my faith to be strong! I want to experience fervent, effectual prayer!
It is God’s grace that enables us to do anything for God. It is not our own strength, but His. Even in prayer, I must depend on His grace to give me the ability to pray powerfully and with great faith.
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 NIV)
So as we approach our loving God in prayer, may we lean on Him and embrace His grace which will teach us to pray in power according to His will. He has given us the privilege of prayer, making us His instruments to bring about His will.
“Our prayers cannot force God to do anything, but He uses them as His own instruments to bring about His will.” ~ R. C. Sproul
SUM IT UP:
Know that God will use your prayers as an instrument to accomplish His will.
Know that prayer is your privilege.
Know He is listening with love and compassion.
ABOUT What A Friend We Have in Jesus : What a Friend We Have in Jesus was written by Joseph M. Scriven. Joseph Scriven’s life was filled with many trials and sorrows. His fiancée died in a drowning accident on the eve of their wedding in 1844. Eventually, he found love again, but his plans for marriage were dashed again when his new bride-to-be died after a short illness in 1855. That same year, he received news from Ireland that his mother was terribly ill. He wrote a poem to comfort her called “Pray Without Ceasing”. It was later set to music and renamed What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Scriven did not have any intentions nor dream that his poem would be published in the newspaper and later become a favorite hymn among the millions of Christians around the world.
Prayer isn’t something we have to do. It’s something we get to do. As the old hymn says, “What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.”
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