Looking for help .. in praying?
Romans 8:26-27 (NIRV) – 26 In the same way, the Holy Spirit helps us when we are weak. We don’t know what we should pray for. But the Spirit himself prays for us. He prays with groans too deep for words. 27 God, who looks into our hearts, knows the mind of the Spirit. And the Spirit prays for God’s people just as God wants him to pray.
Most Christians feel they need help in order to pray effectively. Even the apostle Paul admitted that he sometimes did not know how to petition the heavenly Father as he should. In the supernatural exchange between God and believers, the Holy Spirit acts as a vehicle for our communication, laying our needs and desires before the Father. I have often felt that the answer to any “praying dilemma” should be best answered by looking at what Jesus had to say to His Friends .. and Companions .. take a moment to read: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A5-14&version=NIRV
We humans make our requests with a very limited knowledge of the future and an impaired sense of what is actually best for us. Consequently, circumstances arise that cause us to wonder how we should pray … if we should pray .. or when we should pray – and my suggestion is to begin by ASKING GOD TO HELP YOUR FAITH ..
If all we know to ask is, “God, what is Your will?” then the Spirit, who knows the Father’s plans for us, tells Him of our need for understanding .. but how can we begin to “understand” if we do not know The Father? This is why I have always felt so strongly about the Lord’s Prayer … and the Names of God. We all like to be called by our “name” .. right?
Our Father does not hide His will from us – everything God wants to “reveal” to you about Who He Is .. What He Stands For .. is all in His Holy Name .. just take a moment in silence and see for yourself: http://www.iaskgod.com/content/names-god
God desires to equip believers with all the information necessary for making right decisions and for being continually conformed to the likeness of His Son, Jesus. Just as the Spirit carries our needs to God, He also clarifies the Father’s will to us and will open your eyes and heart to learn of Him.
Some people find the power of prayer intimidating .. yet Jesus of Nazareth Himself .. prayed daily — “Be careful what you pray for, because you might get it,” goes the old joke. Believers sometimes quit praying before receiving an answer, because they are fearful of making the wrong request – and there is no such thing as a wrong request in prayer .. the “answer” may not be what you now want or ask for .. but it will be what God wants for you. However, the Holy Spirit’s divine nature prevents Him from going before God with a petition that is outside the Father’s plan. Instead, He intercedes to make the right request .. the right way – He also impresses upon us the need to adjust our desires. Therefore, we can pray in every situation, knowing the Holy Spirit is our Helper.