Praying for Others
We need to pray for others and we need them to pray for us. In Romans 8:26–27, the Apostle Paul is sharing the work of the Holy Spirit to help us pray for others, even when we don’t know how to pray. Spirit-empowered prayer is when we enter into a time of prayer, a conversation with God, and pray for people who are bruised and hurting, even if we don’t know all the details. But the Spirit knows. Because he “searches all things,” Paul said. The Holy Spirit knows the mind of God.
The Holy Spirit will take over and pray in ways that we cannot. The Spirit begins to pray and we enter in again to a conversation with God where we do the missionary work of prayer. We begin to pray for people with needs we don’t understand, in situations we cannot know.
I believe we all need to see that prayer as conversation with God is a powerful ministry that everyone can participate in. People need us to enter into prayer for them. There are so many hurting, addicted, lonely, broken, and lost people in life, and while we can’t possibly know every one of their needs, God knows. We want to pray for them and we want the Holy Spirit to intercede through our words to our heavenly Father on their behalf. Holy Spirit-empowered conversation allows us to lift more than we could ever lift alone. It is surrendering to the work of God in us. It should be the desire of every Christian to follow God wherever his Spirit leads us and to participate in communion with God as he directs.
Prayer does not move mountains. God moves mountains. Prayer is not the answer. God is the answer. Prayer is not the key. God is the key. When we enter into conversation with God about the needs of others, we will find he is always there.
from Conversation with God- Power of Prevailing Prayer from