Holy Spirit In Prayer

 

elishaburningchariotsAgreement is important in prayer.  Agreement first must be with God’s will.  Agreement is also available from the Word of God – when we pray scripture.  Recently, I had a need in my family, it was known by others and seemingly getting more urgent.  I didn’t have faith to say anything, and I knew that words outside the Spirit’s leading could do harm, rather than good.  I began to see prayer, not as a final desperate last resort, but as a place to stand in faith.  I carried this burden to Yeshua, who stands ever interceding for us. (Rom. 8:34). In Him, I found agreement as if we were praying together for release, for healing, for a victory over the enemy.  Then the Holy Spirit brought the word to bear upon this supplication.  I remembered similar requests had been made of Yeshua while He was on earth and He granted those petitions.  Now, I knew God’s will in this matter, faith increased and I believed God granted all that would be needed in that moment.  The prayer burden was lifted, the answer was certain, help was despatched.  I will now wait on the Lord, His timing, His ways and means are what is needed and assured.

We can gain a quorum in prayer, as Yeshua said, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matt. 18:18-19).  However, there are other sources of agreement.  “This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ.  He did not come by water only, but by water and blood.  And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.  For there are three that testify:  the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.  We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. (1 John 5:6-9).   “In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true.  I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.” (John 8:17-18).

Agreeing with the word of God is powerful, but we need the Spirit to reveal the truth of the word in our situation.  “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. (Rom. 8:26-27).  It is through the Holy Spirit that indwells all believers that the victory is won.  All our actions, efforts, prayer, requests, supplication, thoughts, giftings, talents, abilities, service, and speech must be by the Spirit; what comes from our natural self is temporal and insufficient, but what comes from the Holy Spirit is in accordance with the will of God and brings God’s resources to bear on the matter. (Rom 8:5-6).

At times you may feel alone and deserted, but recall that the Lord of Hosts is with His people. “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city.  ‘Oh no, my lord!  What shall we do?’ the servant asked.  ‘Don’t be afraid’, the prophet answered.  ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’  And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’  Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:14-17).

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