Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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THE PRAYER OF THE SPIRIT

From a sermon by Pastor John

"For we know not how to pray as we ought . . . ,
but the Spirit makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

Romans 8:27

John the apostle wrote (1Jn. 5:14-15), "And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have made of Him."

When we pray, we often are asking the Father for things that we know He could do but do not know if He will do. The holy Ghost never prays that way. When the holy Ghost prays through us, it is not pleading with God for anything; it is God. It is God declaring what will be. It is God declaring His will for us.

The holy Ghost is not a person at all, much less a person who must wrestle with God in prayer to wrest a promise from Him or to persuade Him to grant us a favor. Everything the Spirit prays for will come to pass; everything it prays not to happen will not happen. The Spirit, when it prays through us, is confessing the future. As Paul admitted in 1Corinthians 14, we may not know what the Spirit is praying for when it prays through us, but we know that God is for us and not against us (Rom. 8:31), and so we can be encouraged by the fact that the Spirit is praying through us at all! Jude tells us that when we pray in the Spirit, we "build up ourselves in our most holy faith." Give God a chance to make you strong! Get full of the holy Ghost and let it overflow to the Father!

By His Spirit, God has given us access to Him for all that we need, and more. May God help us to take advantage of this precious gift and pray in the Spirit always, so that we can overcome the world and all that is in it.

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