The Holy Spirit. Sometimes one hears the expression: 'I
need all the help I can get'. Ever said that?
Well, if Christians are to exercise their rights and
privileges at the place of prayer, achieve great victories and reach
new spiritual heights, then they are going to need all the help they
We have all the help we need in the Person of the Holy
Ghost. Who is the He?
He is the third Person of the Trinity and His executive
function is to minister the resources of God and Christ to the weak and
Listen to what Paul says on this subject in Romans
8.26: 'Likewise, the Spirit also helps our infirmities; for we know not
what to pray for as we ought but the Spirit Himself makes intercession
for us with groaning which cannot be uttered.
He helps us in many ways of course, But His
chief aims and purposes is to enable us to pray and pray effectively.
John Wesley once said, God does nothing in this world redemptively -
except through prayer.
' Think of that for a moment. If it is true that God
does nothing redemptiveIy except through prayer then it means whenever
God wants to do something important in a community, or even in a
nation, He lays a prayer burden deep in someone's heart and brings
about change through the process of human/divine co-operation.
God does nothing independently, but seeks to bring about
change by working through His redeemed people in the place of prayer.
Can you see therefore how prayer is vital to the running
of the world? But what if we don't feel greatly inclined to pray? Or we
feel the burden is too great for us?
Well, God gives us the help we need through the Person
of the Holy Spirit. Take a look with me for a few moments at the Greek
word for help. It is a combination of three words: sun - 'along with';
anti - 'on the opposite side'; and lambano - 'to take hold of.
When put together the words reads thus sunantilambanotai
which means 'to join together and take hold of something on the other
side.' It might be worth mentioning in passing that Greek scholars
point out this word is in the indicative mood and represents a fact.
It is in the middle voice, indicating that the Holy
Ghost is doing the action; it is in the present tense, that speaks of
In other words the Holy Spirit is always available to
take hold on the other side of our prayer burdens and take the heavier
end, so that with His co-operation and ours God can bring about change
in the world.
The more you allow the Holy Ghost to flow into and
through your life the greater will be your prowess in prayer. The great
preacher of a past generation, C. G. Spurgeon, once declared, 'We shall
grow cold, unholy and worldly ... and Christ will be dishonored unless
we obtain a larger measure of the Holy Spirit.
' Samuel Chadwick, one time Principal of Cliff College,
said, 'Go back! Back to that Upper Room; back to your knees, back to
searching of heart and habit, thought and life; back to pleading,
praying, waiting till the Spirit of the Lord floods your soul with
light and you are endued with the power from on high'.
Andrew Murray, another great prayer warrior, emphasized
the need for utter dependency on the Holy Spirit when he wrote: 'In
every prayer the triune God takes a part; the Father Who hears, the Son
in Whose Name we pray, and the Holy Spirit Who prays for us and in us.
How important it is that we should be in a right
relationship to the Holy Spirit and understand His word!' There are, of
course, many doctrinal differences on the subject of the Holy Spirit.
Some say we have the Spirit at our conversion and there is nothing more
Others say we receive just one operation of the Spirit
at conversion (regeneration) and we need to seek a further encounter
with the Holy Spirit, which they describe as the baptism in the Spirit.
At this moment I am not interested in arguing a
doctrinal point, but to encourage you to open your life to all that God
has for you. If you believe that you received all of the Holy Spirit at
conversion then what steps are you taking to ensure that His Spirit if
flowing in your life to the extent He should.
And if you believe that the Spirit came to you
subsequent to your conversion and you were baptized with the Holy
Spirit and fire, then how up to date is that experience? Is He flowing
in you now with much force and energy as He once did?
If we are to experience greater power in prayer then we
must see to it that we take Paul's admonition seriously 'Be filled with
the Spirit' (Ephesians 5.18).
You will no doubt have heard someone say that the verse
just quoted is in the present continuous tense in the Greek and should
be read 'Be being filled with the Spirit.
' Whatever our experience in the past, let our eyes be
uplifted, our hearts wide open for a greater supply of the Holy Spirit
to flow in us and through us than we have ever known before.
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