“Likewise, the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we do not know why we must pray properly; but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that cannot be spoken. And he who searches the hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, for he intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26, 27).
I recently heard the story of a mother who overheard her young daughter talking to someone in her bedroom. The mother knew there was no one else in the house, so she approached her daughter’s room to see who she was talking to. As she listened at the door, it sounded like her daughter was praying, but at the same time as if she was reciting the alphabet. The mother interrupted him and said, “Honey, what are you doing?” The girl replied, “I pray to God, but I don’t know what to say, so I just say the letters and let God put them together!”
Have you ever felt like this? Well, when you don’t know how to pray properly. We have the Holy Spirit to pray for us and to tailor our prayers to the will of God.
It’s just another benefit of being a born-again Christian that sometimes gets overlooked. Salvation is more than just being saved from hell. It is also communion with the three Persons of the Trinity.
When a person, by faith, receives Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour, he also receives the Holy Spirit into his soul, which makes him a child of God, as explained by the apostle Paul in the Epistle to the Romans: “But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if at least the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now, if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, it does not belong to him… For you have no longer received the spirit of bondage to be feared, but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry out, Abba, Father. our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:9, 15, 16).
It is the indwelling Spirit that makes us “partners of the divine nature” that retains our natural sinful nature. The Holy Spirit draws our soul to the things of God, while our old nature draws our soul to the things of the flesh and the world.
The true Christian, led by the Holy Spirit, hungers and thirsts for righteousness (Matthew 5:6), but is hampered by the old nature which hungers for the fulfillment of carnal desires. This is why it is important for a Christian to set aside time daily for prayer and Bible study, and also to unite with a local Bible-believing church. These things help us overcome the world, the flesh and the devil.
Again, as Paul wrote to the churches in Galatia to help them overcome: “This then I say: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not gratify the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh, and they are contrary to one another, so that you cannot do the things that you would” (Galatians 5:16, 17 ). In the following verses he describes the contrast between the Spirit and the flesh. I encourage you to read them.
So, while the Christian still has battles in this life, “For we know that all creation groans and labors in pain until now. And not only they, but we also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, that is, the redemption of our bodies” (Romans 8:22 -23). We know that one day he/she will have complete victory, “But if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also quicken your mortal bodies. by his Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11).
And you? Have you ever received Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?
Roy Delia is pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Ontario. He can be contacted for care from The Argus Observer, 1160 SW Fourth St., Ontario, OR 97914. Argus Observer Column of Faith Weekly Features a rotation of writers from different religions and perspectives.
Roy Delia is pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Ontario. He can be contacted in care of The Argus Observer, 1160 SW Fourth St., Ontario, OR 97914. The Argus Observer’s weekly faith column features a rotation of writers from different faiths and perspectives.