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Through Wordless Groans

Hands Holding GlobeAccording to Saint Paul, the Holy Spirit prayer helps Christians to pray even in their weakness. He wrote to Christians in Romans 8.26, " 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." An utterance is made God as the Holy Spirit prays for us with sighs too deep for words. Paul further explains in 1 Corinthians 14.2, "For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit." In this passage, "a tongue" was also be translated as "in another language."

True Unity

True unity in Christ is created by the Holy Spirit prayer. Saint Paul explained in 1 Corinthians 12.13, "For we were all baptized by one Spirit to form one body - whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free — and we were all given the one Spirit to drink." The phrase "by one spirit" may also be translated as "with one spirit" or "in one spirit." The people of God are united in their holy lives by the Holy Spirit. Saint Clement of Rome (35-99 AD) described this symbol of holiness as the holy people in prayer. Christians reflect and share the divine glory and the holiness of God as the Holy Spirit prays for us. The awesome holiness of God is close to us particularly in the holiest people, as in the lives of the saints in former ages and this present age.

Holy Spirit Word

SearchlightThe Holy Spirit word expresses to God the desires of our hearts with groans that ordinary language cannot understand. With the permanent introduction of the Holy Spirit into the lives of Christians in the New Testament era, a new relationship to the Law was entered into. Saint Paul wrote in Galatians 5.18, in a section on life in the Spirit, "So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They conflict with each other so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law." The phrase "you are not to do whatever you want" may be translated as "you do not do what you want." Being led by the Spirit you are not under the bondage of trying to please God by minute observations of the Law to receive new birth or holiness. One cannot follow the Spirit and the Law at the same time but regrettably, that is what many Christians attempt to do. A sword, like the Holy Spirit word, can be used defensively or offensively. Either way, it is useful. Such is the Holy Spirit whether he convicts a person of sin or urges repentance and reformation.

Searchlight Shining

This was explained by Saint Paul in Ephesians 6.17, "Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." The helmet of salvation has to do with the renewing of the mind, which is done by understanding that everything we receive from the Lord comes to us through Christ himself. The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God which is the story of Christ and the Cross as contained in the Holy Scriptures. Mark Twain, said, "It is not those passages of Scripture I do not understand that bother me, but those that I do understand." In the Lord's Prayer, the phrase "hallowed be thy name" can be enlarged to, "Let thy light and sound be experienced in my own holy of holies, that is the part of me that is at home and peace with God." This is a great truth!✞

Holy Spirit Work

CounsellorThe Holy Spirit works in the Christian to prompt us to present Jesus Christ to those around us. The Holy Spirit works in us is to direct and to uphold us wherever we may be. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 139.10 that wherever you are, "even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast." Jesus also described the Holy Spirit's work in the Christian in John 14.26, "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." The Holy Spirit is a reminder, a teacher and a prompter and this is his work. God the Father sent the Spirit, in the name of Jesus, to enable his followers to engage in a teaching and counseling ministry. The Holy Spirit is called the Advocate - to advocate or publicly support or defend like a lawyer or a counselor. Again John 15.26 recorded the words of Jesus, "When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father — the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father — he will testify about me."

Spirit of Truth

The Holy Spirit was often called "the spirit of truth" and Jesus described the Spirit's role in his ministry in John 16.13, "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come." We are not told whether the Holy Spirit hears from the Father or the Son. That does not matter. The verse stresses the close relationship between the Three. The Holy Spirit bears witness to Jesus and this is a sure sign that he is at work if the gospel is being preached as a result of the Spirit's work. The Holy Spirit also tells the believer of what is yet to come!✞

"Holy Spirit Prayer"
by Ron Meacock

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