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Abilene, TX
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Our Helper in Prayer

Our Helper in Prayer
Romans 8:26

Have you ever felt as if your prayers were "bouncing off the ceiling"as if your praises and petitions were not reaching the ears of God? If so, you are not alone. Many believers experience times of discouragement in their prayer lives.

For this reason, God has given each of us a qualified Helper for our prayer lives, the Holy Spirit. We need only to look to Romans 8:26 to find confirmation of this fact: "The Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should" ( v.26a).

There are many reasons for feelings of weakness in prayer. We may have difficulty concentrating. We may feel unworthy, guilty, or unsure of our faith. Many times, our difficulties during prayer stem from feelings of discouragement brought on by the Enemy.

Despite these things, we must continue to seek and communicate with the Lord. He is willing to help us, work with us, and support us in our weakness. He has even offered to have the Holy Spirit pray for us. Listen to the second part of verse 26, which says, "the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words."

The next time you encounter resistance during prayer, know for certain that God can strengthen you and assist you. And know that His Holy Spirit intercedes for you in the way God promised He would.

Grace and peace to you,

For Mercy Street Ministries, Im Stan Baldwin.



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