Friday, November 27, 2015

November 28, 2015

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take

I would be pretty safe wagering that this was one of the very first prayers you learned as a child.  It is a very good prayer and if you have children I am sure you taught this prayer to them!

Prayer is one of the vitally important disciplines of effective Christians so the earlier you learn to prayer or teach children to pray the better it will be!

Since I will be calling the FredWes family to prayer in both services this Sunday morning I thought it wise to share three powerful portions of Scripture pertaining to prayer and pull some principles from them.

Yesterday I shared Ephesians 6:10-12 and shared this truth from those verses: We Are Armed For Prayer.

This morning I post the second prayer principle and it is found in Romans 8:26-35.


“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. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.  Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”  Romans 8:26-35

·         When you pray the Holy Spirit will strengthen you and guide your praying.
·         When you pray the Holy Spirit will intercede for you with God according to God’s will. He directs our prayers according to how God is working in you and in your circumstances.
·         Jesus also intercedes for you from His position at the right hand of God.

Knowing that the Holy Spirit is assisting and interceding as you pray should give you courage!

Knowing that Jesus is also interceding as you pray should strengthen your courage!

Pray away!