February 5, 2017

PRAYING WHEN OUT OF THINGS TO SAY

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Passage: Romans 8:18-27
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This message will be the third in a series of five.  The series title “Devote yourselves to prayer” is taken from Colossians 4:2.   

So far we have seen:

  • Prayer is petition
  • Prayer is perspective
  • Prayer is partnership
  • Prayer is simple
  • Prayer is honest

This week we will focus on prayer is intercession........

We can find ourselves in the middle of problems that seem tangled beyond sorting out or broken beyond repair.  At times like that it is often difficult to know how to pray.  Romans 8:26 says:  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.  As God the Holy Spirit intercedes for us when we are “out of words” so we can intercede for one another.  A beautiful picture of intercessory prayer is what Aaron and Hur did for Moses in Exodus 17:10-13:  So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up-- one on one side, one on the other-- so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.  Like Aaron and Hur may we willingly do the work of holding each other up in prayer.

 

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