“I want to pray but I don’t know how… I never know what to say… Me, intercede for someone?”
I’m not sure why – dodgy churches probably – but there’s this idea in circulation that only certain people can intercede for others. Only people with the spiritual gift of intercession or super good Christians, for instance. But this is a lie.
Prayer is not only available to everyone, it’s part of our duty as Christians to pray. For whatever reason God has chosen to work in concert with the prayers of his believers. You, me, Susie Q in the back row there. We all get to, need to, pray!
Luckily we’re not on our own. The Holy Spirit helps us to pray, whether our prayers are full of “uhms” and “aahs” or flows from us like an open tap.
Pray that the Holy Spirit would anoint you, your loved ones, your local church and the
global church this Lenten season. Intercede for people or places where you feel the Holy
Spirit goes unheard and unheeded.
1 John 2:20 (GNT)
But you have had the Holy Spirit poured out on you by Christ, and so all of you know the truth.
Romans 8:9-11 (MSG)
But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!