“Will you pray for me?” is something we all hear from others. And, we usually say that we will pray for the person. Depending on how close we are to the person we will pray more intensely and oftener. But, if we are honest with each other we pray for about 15 seconds and move on. And, again, being honest, our prayer may be something like, “Dear God, be with and bless ____ as only You can. In Jesus’ name. Amen.” Technically, we did pray for the person and I am confident that God heard our prayer for that person and has, is, and will move in the person’s life. This is not to discourage us from praying for others. Rather, it is an opportunity to correctly assess where we are and what we are doing. Then what? Well, Scripture has that for us.
Sometimes we honestly don’t know what to pray for someone. There is a song from a few years back talking about “unanswered prayers.” So, we do need to be careful when we pray. But we are God’s children so we have no fear when we pray. We just tell our Father in heaven what is in our hearts and minds and not be shy to ask great things from a great Daddy.
While all that is true, what about the verses for this week? Imagine yourself sitting on a three-cushion sofa/couch. You are sitting on the center cushion and you are praying, really praying, and are unsure what to pray. After all, you really care about the prayer request and don’t want to “mess up” the prayer. Scripture says that the Holy Spirit is interceding (a form of prayer) for you and with you. So, on your left is seated the Holy Spirit praying with you! Scripture also says that sometimes there are prayers that are like moans…too deep for words. Someone has said that tears are liquid prayers. And what the Holy Spirit prays is always aligned with the will of God as God, the Holy Spirit, will not conflict with God, the Father.
As the commercial says, “But, wait! There’s more!” and indeed, there is. While you and the Holy Spirit are on two of the three cushions, guess Who is on the third? Yep, Jesus Himself! And He also is praying with and for you (See John chapter 17 if you want to read the specifics of some of His prayers for you.) That is pretty amazing that you have the triune God surrounding you. And two of the three are praying for you to the other third. What a blessing. You don’t have to worry if your prayer is correct or anything as the others are, in a sense, carrying your requests to the Father.
So, now let that all sink in….
This series talks about our Victory in Jesus. However, right now you may not be feeling very victorious much less a conqueror. That is okay…feelings come and go but the truth remains. You, as a Christ-follower, are a conqueror. Yep, you are. If you read the rest of chapter eight of Romans it will list all the things that are terrible but do not destroy you. If Paul, the author of Romans, were here with us now, he might add COVID19 to the list or explain that comes with the word “pestilence”. Wherever you are, whatever you are experiencing, it is okay to sit in the presence of Jesus and wonder what is going on, or will go on. It is also okay to know that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are alongside you praying perfect prayers for you to God, the Father. Prayers that will be answered!
When we ask for prayer it is comforting to know the person will pray for us. Rest in the fact that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are praying for you right now and all will be well. Amen.