PRAYING WITH FAITH – Lesson 4
June 30, 2021
APPROACHING THE THRONE OF GRACE
LESSON 4 – PRAYING WITH FAITH
“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. 27 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)
St Thomas Aquinas ~ “To one who has Faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without Faith, no explanation is possible.”
Foot Note: We DON’T KNOW how to pray as we should.
“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.” ~ Romans 8:26
THE HOLY SPIRIT
1. What is the RELATIONSHIP between Prayer and the Holy Spirit?
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” ~ Mark 11:24 (NIV)
“Faith is about trusting God when you have unanswered questions.” – Joel Osteen
A. How does the Holy Spirit make God’s word COME ALIVE as we pray?
B. The Holy Spirit brings FERVENCY to our prayers.
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” ~ James 5:16 (KJV)
2. The Holy Spirit gives UTTERANCE to things we can’t express without his help.
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” ~ Romans 8:26 (KJV)
“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.” ~ Galatians 4:19 (KJV)
“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” – Helen Keller
3. The Holy Spirit helps us to pray and he GUIDES us into praying according to the will of God.
“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 8:27 (NIV)
“He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” ~ Psalm 23:3 (NIV)
“It is impossible for our prayers to be at their greatest power if we do not recognize the Holy Spirit and depend on his help. One of the many ways the Holy Spirit helps us is in this vital matter of prayer. He was sent to take the Word of God and create faith in our hearts so we’re not just praying to the wind and hoping God will answer – but we’re praying with faith in our hearts. The Word of God is made real by the Holy Spirit to bring faith as we pray.
– Jim Cymbal