Prayer

July 31, 2015 Save Article

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Romans 8:26-28 (Program: 2064, Air dates: 08.02.2015 & 08.09.2015)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. Prayer is the greatest Christian privilege and the greatest Christian service.
    2. Prayer is also the Christian’s greatest failure.
      1. Why do we fail in our prayer life?
        1. The problem of indifference we don’t want to pray.
        2. The problem of ignorance we don’t know how to pray or what to pray for.
        3. The problem of interference when we go to pray, the enemy will try everything to keep us from praying.
          1. The devil laughs at our organization, mocks our schemes, but he fears our prayers.
    3. God has given us an ally and encourager the Holy Spirit to help us have a fulfilling prayer life.
    4. Romans 8:26-28
    5. Ephesians 6:18
    6. Jude 20
  1. THE ACTIVATION OF OUR WILLS IN PRAYER (Romans 8:5-7)
    1. There is a part of us that does not want to pray, which is our old sin nature. But the Holy Spirit moves our wills to pray.
    2. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit of God, it is natural and easy to pray.
    3. Romans 8:9
    4. Romans 8:15
      1. When we are saved, we are born into the family of God spiritually and adopted into the family of God legally; and the spirit of adoption means that we are heirs of God.
      2. Once we are adopted into the family of God, He places His Holy Spirit within us, and the Holy Spirit in us loves the Father.
      3. It is normal and natural to pray when we are Spirit-filled.
    5. We don’t have to be an eloquent speaker in order to pray.
      1. Matthew 6:7
      2. “Abba Father” mentioned in Romans 8:15 is the most primary speech that a child can make; it’s the counterpart of “daddy, father.”
    6. Luke 11:1
    7. Philippians 2:13
  1. THE ANIMATION OF OUR BODIES IN PRAYER (Romans 8:10-11)
    1. The word “quicken” in this passage means “to give life or energy,” “to animate.”
    2. The Holy Spirit gives us strength to pray.
    3. Romans 15:30
    4. Matthew 26:41
    5. Nehemiah 8:10
    6. John 4:1-32
      1. In this account, we see an example of when Jesus was invigorated by the Holy Spirit as He witnessed to the woman at the well.
  1. THE ADAPTATION OF OUR REQUESTS IN PRAYER (Romans 8:26)
    1. God desires to deliver us from self-sufficiency in prayer.
    2. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness and moves in alongside of us and adapts our requests in prayer, even when we don’t know what to pray.
    3. 2 Corinthians 12:9
    4. The word “helpeth” in Romans 8:26 is a double-prefix and is translated “with, face to face, and to take hold of.”
      1. This particular construct of the word is used only one other time in the Bible: Luke 10:38-42.
    5. When we pray in the Holy Spirit, we are “face to face” with Him; He with us and we with Him; He takes hold and we take hold, and together we do it. We cannot do it without Him, and He will not do it without us; and together, the Holy Spirit helps us pray.
    6. We are to pray with selectivity and specificity.
    7. When we pray, the Holy Spirit will lay prayer burdens on our hearts and teach us what to pray for.
  1. THE ADMINISTRATION OF OUR ACCESS TO GOD IN PRAYER (Romans 8:14-15)
    1. The Holy Spirit leads us into the presence of God.
    2. Ephesians 2:18
      1. We pray to the Father through the Son in the Spirit.
      2. The Holy Spirit ushers us into the throne room of God the Father.
  1. THE ARTICULATION OF OUR NEEDS IN PRAYER (Romans 8:26)
    1. This passage in Romans is not referring to praying in tongues, but groanings that cannot be uttered.
      1. One translation states it as, “Sighs that are too deep for words.”
    2. There are certain concerns and hurts that we cannot put into words, even when we pray.
    3. Romans 8:27
    4. The Holy Spirit takes our prayers, articulates what is needed and intercedes for us before the Father.
  1. CONCLUSION
    1. To pray in the Spirit, first of all, we must be saved.
    2. Romans 8:9
    3. Call upon Jesus Christ today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    4. Romans 10:9-10
    5. Romans 10:13

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