Theme of the Week: Transforming Prayer
Bible Verse: “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. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.” John 16:13-14
Scripture Reading: Romans 8:1-39
If you had unlimited resources and wanted your children to become extremely proficient in their learning, you would hire a tutor. You would have the freedom to spare no expense and to acquire a knowledgeable, highly skilled teacher who would come to your home and personally assure your children the best education possible.
Our Father, with His unlimited resources, and His commitment to teach us to pray, has given us a supernatural tutor. The Holy Spirit is available to us and resides within us 24/7. Our Father longs for intimacy with us and knows that real prayer is impossible apart from the indwelling Spirit. We are enabled to “worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3) through worship-based prayer. The Holy Spirit empowers us to know Christ. Worship-based prayer brings us to a greater sensitivity and surrender to the Holy Spirit. As a result, our prayers become Spirit-fueled. And we are transformed.
Worship-based prayer brings our hearts into intimate harmony with the person of the Holy Spirit and enhances our surrender to His control, wisdom, and power for our prayers. The Spirit then enables us to worship more fully. This worship, in turn, brings us into a deeper reality of the Spirit’s life, thus continuing the circle.
I ask myself, “Do I just want a perfunctory experience of human reason and religious ritual in my prayer times? Or do I want something supernatural to occur as I come to understand the deep things of God? Do I just want to go through the routines of prayer requests and duplicated sheets of lists created by what others think I should pray about? Or do I want to receive the things the Spirit wants to freely give to me as I pray from God’s Word in surrender and sensitivity to His leadership?” Our answers to these questions are game changers in our prayer life – and life changers in our spiritual journey.
Those who have adopted a worship-based approach of seeking God’s face first and foremost have experienced this amazing reality. God’s Spirit takes God’s Word and ignites our heart with truth, wisdom, direction, focus, and passion in our prayer experiences. Once you have tasted this kind of prayer, you never want to go back. This is why God longs for us to pray in the Spirit.
Taken from Transforming Prayer: How Everything Changes When You Seek God’s Face by Daniel Henderson. ©2011 by Daniel Henderson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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