Praying In The Spirit
Okay, take God's Word. And turn with me to the eight chapter of Romans. And I don't know of a more pertinent passage on praying in the spirit than Romans chapter eight, the entire chapter, but specially verses twenty-six and twenty-seven. Romans eight, twenty-six and twenty-seven. Likewise, the Spirit, that's speaking, of the Holy Spirit, also helpeth our infirmities. Now, another word for infirmities is weaknesses. For we know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit itself--that's the translation in the King James, but a better translation is the Spirit himself--maketh intercession for us with groaning's which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. We've already been reminded that prayer is the greatest Christian privilege. Not only is prayer the greatest Christian privilege. Prayer is the greatest Christian service. Greater than singing, greater then preaching, greater than soul winning, greater than testifying, greater than teaching is prayer. Our greatest privilege, our greatest service, and alas, our greatest failure. I believe that far and beyond the majority of the people in my congregation tonight would say, Pastor, I'm not satisfied with my prayer life. Isn't that true? I am not satisfied with my prayer life. I wish my prayer life were better, greater, stronger, purer, than it is. Well, praying in the Spirit is indeed the key to a vital prayer life. It is the answer to our indifference when God seems far away. It is the answer to our ignorance when we don't know what to pray for. It is the answer to our weakness when we don't seem to be able to concentrate. It is the answer to our inability when we are not able to articulate the things that we'd like to articulate when we pray. Again I want to remind you that not only do these verses in Romans teach us about praying in the Spir ...
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