“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” (Romans 8:26-27).

Of all the offices of the Holy Spirit, the one that leads us most deeply into the understanding of His place in the divine economy of grace is the work he does as the Spirit of prayer. We have the Father to whom we pray and who hears our prayers. We have the Son through whom we pray and through whom we receive and appropriate the answer because of our union with Him. And we have the Holy Spirit, in whom we pray, and who prays through us according to the will of God with such deep, unutterable sighing that God has to search the hearts to know what is the mind of the Spirit. Just as wonderful and real as the work of God on His throne is the work of the Holy Spirit in us in prayer that waits and obtains an answer.

What the Father has purposed and the Son has procured can only be appropriated and take effect in the body of Christ through the continual intervention and active operation of the Holy Spirit. This is especially true of intercessory prayer. The coming of the kingdom, the increase of grace, knowledge, and holiness in believers, their growing devotion to God’s work, the effectual working of God’s power on the unconverted through the means of grace, all await it from God through Christ. The Holy Spirit has been assigned the task of preparing the body of Christ to reach out, receive, and hold on to what has been provided. Spend time in prayer today. Have a conversation with your God.

Adapted from Power in Prayer by A. Murray