The Holy Spirit and Prayer

Do you ever find it difficult to pray?  According to Arthur F. Winnington Ingram (Bishop of London from 1901-1939) we should not give up:

“There are some who give up their prayers because they have so little feeling in their prayers — so little warmth of feeling.  But who told us that feeling was to be a test of prayer?  The work of prayer is a far too noble and necessary work to be laid aside for any lack of feeling.  Press on, you who are dry and cold in your prayers, press on as a work and as a duty, and the Holy Spirit will, in His good time, refresh your prayers Himself.”

Arthur F. Winnington Ingram

Indeed the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is always ready to help us to pray.  In fact, the Spirit is already part of our prayer life!

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 through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”  Romans 8:26-27

You don’t need to worry.  God’s got it covered.  Just keep praying.

For more on prayer see these posts:

Prayer Disciplines Part 1

Prayer Disciplines Part 2

Beginning to Pray

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