Philippians 1:4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
Spirit and Love Driven Prayer - Romans 15:30
I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for all in need.
The Holy Spirit intercedes for us when we pray (Rom. 8:26-27). The Holy Spirit pours love into our hearts to give us hope and endurance (Rom. 5:5). So it shouldn't surprise us that the love we have from the Holy Spirit moves us to pray for others in their struggles. Praying for others, what is sometimes called intercessory prayer, is a great gift empowered by the love that comes from the Holy Spirit's presence in our lives. Paul wanted this Spirit and love driven prayer to focus on his desire to proclaim Jesus, something we've focused on for several days. However, this Spirit and love driven kind of prayer can be offered for almost anything that another brother or sister in Christ needs. Let's remember that the love we feel for others and the prayer we are given by the presence of the Spirit are there to gift us and equip us to pray for others!
Today, Father, I want to pray for a number of folks on my heart who face struggles of all kinds. Some are family members ... some are friends ... some are faithful servants of your Kingdom doing your work in hard places ... some are grieving ... some face tough times ... some are making hard decisions ... some have family struggles ... some have great opportunities they don't want to miss ... some are overcoming addictions ... and there are many others. Please hear my prayer for them today. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Keep Cj in prayer, he needs a healing touch from God and all pain wiped away.Father God in Jesus name I ask for good health and peace to Cj, you hold his life in your hands , Bless him today with your sweet peace and comfort in Jesus name I pray.Continue
The prayer itself is remarkable, for it is short, but seasonable, sententious, and suggestive. David mourned the fewness of faithful men, and therefore lifted up his heart in supplication--when the creature failed, he flew to the Creator. He evidently felt his own weakness, or he would not have cried for help; but at the same time he intended honestly to exert himself for the cause of truth, for the word "help" is inapplicable where we ourselves do nothing. There is much of directness, clearness of perception, and distinctness of utterance in this petition of two words; much more, indeed, than in the long rambling outpourings of certain professors. The Psalmist runs straight-forward to his God, with a well-considered prayer; he knows what he is seeking, and where to seek it. Lord, teach us to pray in the same blessed manner.
The occasions for the use of this prayer are frequent. In providential afflictions how suitable it is for tried believers who find all helpers failing them. Students, in doctrinal difficulties, may often obtain aid by lifting up this cry of "Help, Lord," to the Holy Spirit, the great Teacher. Spiritual warriors in inward conflicts may send to the throne for reinforcements, and this will be a model for their request. Workers in heavenly labour may thus obtain grace in time of need. Seeking sinners, in doubts and alarms, may offer up the same weighty supplication; in fact, in all these cases, times, and places, this will serve the turn of needy souls. "Help, Lord," will suit us living and dying, suffering or labouring, rejoicing or sorrowing. In Him our help is found, let us not be slack to cry to Him.
The answer to the prayer is certain, if it be sincerely offered through Jesus. The Lord's character assures us that He will not leave His people; His relationship as Father and Husband guarantee us His aid; His gift of Jesus is a pledge of every good thing; and His sure promise stands, "Fear not, I WILL HELP THEE."