PowerPoint - Nov. 21, 2008

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses.

--Romans 8:26

Go ahead, you can admit it… prayer is hard work. There is a weakness within us that makes prayer difficult. It is our humanity, our “flesh.”

When I start to pray, I can think of about ten other things I could be doing. Does that happen to you? I go over all my responsibilities or my mind wanders. Other times, I just don’t feel like praying.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! You and I can have effective, fulfilling prayer. What’s the key? Praying in the Spirit.

There are two ways to pray. You can pray in the flesh or you can pray in the Spirit. What’s the difference? Scripture says, “The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”

So if you pray in the flesh, you pray in weakness. Prayer through our own efforts alone and for our own purposes does not get through to God. But if you pray in the Spirit, you pray with strength.

Wouldn’t you like to pray with power? Wouldn’t you like to know that your prayers are getting through? You can if you partner with the Spirit in prayer.

I want to encourage you to depend upon the Holy Spirit in prayer just as you depend upon the Holy Spirit for witnessing, for teaching others, and more.

Because He is our Comforter and our Help!

PRAYER THROUGH OUR OWN EFFORTS AND FOR OUR OWN PURPOSES DOES NOT GET THROUGH TO GOD. BUT IF YOU PRAY IN THE SPIRIT, YOU PRAY WITH STRENGTH.
 

 

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