Jesus said that the Holy Spirit “will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13), and He will guide you into an understanding of how to pray. Jude instructs us to “pray in the Holy Spirit “ (v. 20), which means the Spirit of God is “guiding” how we pray and what we pray for. We confess that without the help of the Spirit we cannot pray as we should. The apostle Paul tells us to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18). The Holy Spirit will lead you in the kind of prayer you offer to God. He is the one who motivates and enables and energizes your prayer.
And if you cannot find the right words to pray, know that the Holy Spirit will gladly assist you. “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 with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26). God sees the longing, the groaning, the desiring, the crying of your heart. He understands without the words. We utterly trust God for His help by the Spirit as we pray, and we consciously depend on His divine working.
- Lance Wubbels
This article is part five in our 8-part series on Prayer.
(Taken from “A Time for Prayer” published by Inspired Faith for the National Day of Prayer – used with permission)
Your prayers are greatly needed! As you know, the Pray for America bus tour is currently making its way across Maine and then headed back south toward Philadelphia. We have a team that leaves tomorrow to assist the group on board and to relieve a couple of those who have been serving there for sometime. Those preparing to depart are experiencing a great trial at this very moment. A very large forest fire is sweeping across the northern area of Colorado Springs, where the National Day of Prayer Task Force is headquartered. The fire is currently consuming more than 8,000 acres and 60 or more homes have already burned to the ground. Their home is directly in the path of the fire. They have been forced into mandatory evacuation – so they grabbed vital items and have been living out of a suitcase. But, after our prayer time a moment ago, they have agreed that going out to the bus to pray was something that had to do. So, as they board the plane tomorrow, they will have no way of knowing if their home is still standing. This reminds us of what the Scriptures say in Matthew 19:29-30: “And everyone who has left houses…or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life”. Please keep Larry and Cindy in your prayers as they leave it all behind to head on the road with the Pray for America Bus. Also, please be in prayer for the First Responders and the more than 6,000 people who have been evacuated and awaiting news of their homes.