A Prayer for the Spirit's Power 

“For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, this will turn out for my deliverance,” Philippians 1:19 ESV 

Prayer is powerful. We hear this a lot, but how often do we pray like we believe prayer has the power to affect our daily life? When a string of prayers goes unanswered, I can easily fall into a routine of listing off prayers without attaching my full confidence in God’s ability to answer them. It’s not natural for us to want what God wants for our lives. We want what we want …and we tend to want it …now. 

The verse above is part of Paul’s thanks to the Philippians for praying for him! They helped him in prayer, and with a need he had. The power of the Holy Spirit helps us to recognize the power of prayer. He translates our prayers to heaven, even when we lack the words to say them. He knows when we’re praying out of routine, and need to be reminded of the guaranteed listening ear of the Father, and assured answer. 

Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayer of many.” 2 Corinthians 1:11 ESV Paul had confidence in the power of prayer, and we can too. Ask the Holy Spirit to come into our lives daily and show us! 

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