“Praying with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” Ephesians 6:18
Words are simply not enough! We cannot impress God with fancy words. We cannot reach the heart of God with prayer without the Spirit’s help.
First of all, we are to pray in the Spirit (Eph 3:18), then we are to pray according to God’s will (1 John 5:14) and thirdly, if we want God to hear our prayers we are to be righteous and without sin in God’s sight (James 5:16b, Psalm 66:18).
Has the Spirit of God challenged you about being willing to walk in the Spirit and touch the heart of God.
Have you ever experienced times when the Lord has placed a particular person/s or situations on your heart? Often at such times, we claim to feel a burden to pray for that person. At such times, although we may not know what to pray and how to pray, if we truly bow before the mercy of God and ask Him to lead and guide us in praying for the one for whom we bear the burden, the Holy Spirit comes swiftly to our aid, interceding in and through us with the same anguish we feel and presents our prayers to the Father according to His will. (Rom 8:26-27). Be conscious of this anguish as God at work. It is God breaking into a situation, in a way more powerful than our human faculties are able to do, and so we become channels of prayer and intervention in mysteriously incredible ways that change situations, bringing joy and dispelling despair.
Paul tells us that we are not to be anxious about anything but by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make known our requests to God and the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds. (Phil 4:6) The Holy Spirit gives us that peace that we have asked according to God’s will, in obedience not to be anxious and offer Him thanks in anticipation of His answer to prayer.
The Holy Spirit convicts us of any sin in our lives that will prevent our prayers reaching the heart of God, leading us to confess that sin and receive cleansing in the blood of Jesus. 1 John 1:9. The prayers of a righteous man are effective and avail much (James 5:14).
Let us continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving (Col 4:2)
Prayer: Almighty, Kind, Merciful, Heavenly God and Father, Lord of heaven and earth, we come again to you as your children, and we ask you, Holy Father, to give us your grace from on high, that we may call on you and pray to you in spirit and in truth, in faith and in the right, pure love of God, with wisdom and with awe, in humility and in submission. Amen (Amish prayer).