Archive for March, 2013

He has Risen!

March 31, 2013

The single most important event in Christendom is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Today is Easter. It is the day that Christians hold in celebration of the resurrection of Christ. As Jesus said and asked Martha, “25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” This is the most important question one could ever answer. Do you believe that Jesus is resurrection and life? Jesus says that your eternal estate depends solely on how you believe. I believe that Jesus is the resurrection and life. Consequently, Peter says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,” Paul reminds us of the importance of the resurrection of Christ in 1 Corinthians 15.

Read the resurrection story below. Be blessed; honor God, Jesus and the Spirit today by being obedient in your faith.

Luke 24

New International Version (NIV)

24 “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 “What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.”

They Rested on the Sabbath

March 30, 2013

Luke 23 ends like this:

“55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.”

After a long and exhausting week, I am following the example set forth in the Word. I am resting. Have a great reflective time reading Luke 24. Lord willing, I will write on Easter morning to celebrate my Savior’s rising.

But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

March 29, 2013

In the post Do You Resist The Holy Spirit?, it was concluded that we all resist following the Holy Spirit. The epitome of denying the power of God is found in our text, Luke 23. In Luke 23, we see Jesus being brought to Pilate and Herod by the Jewish leaders who wanted to maintain control, authority and power (C.A.P.). They were afraid that Jesus was endearing too many people who would result in their C.A.P. loss.

Despite all their efforts to assign fault and blame to Jesus, hear what Pilate repeated thrice about Jesus.

Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd,I find no basis for a charge against this man…

13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. 15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. 16 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.”

18 But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” 19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)

20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. 21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!

22 For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.”

23 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.

Too often, we only blame the Jewish rulers and people of that day for Jesus’ death. Jesus said in John 10

15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.17 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

It’s just not the Jews of that day; we all are to blame. Romans 6:23 tells us that the gift of eternal life is only through Christ’s sacrifice. I want you to know that each time we decide that we will take our lives into our own hands, denying the power of the Spirit of God, we too are effectually exclaiming  “Crucify him! Crucify him!

The good in “Good Friday” is that Jesus willingly laid down His life for His sheep. I know that I am one who is in the fold; therefore, I am rejoicing at the symbolism of Good Friday. What about you?

Do You Resist The Holy Spirit?

March 28, 2013

In the post No Match for the Wisdom of the Spirit, Stephen appears on the scene because he was known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. Stephen, like Jesus, was questioned by a ruling Jewish authority, the Sanhedrin. When we rely on the Spirit of God to guide us, we too can be like Jesus and like Stephen, the man of God. Both were guided by the Spirit.

When we are not guided or led by the Spirit like Jesus and Stephen, no one needs to ask Do You Resist The Holy Spirit? Resisting the Holy Spirit is synonymous with not being guided or led by the Spirit. Stephen in Acts 7 demonstrated not only his wisdom, but he also drew a parallel between those led by the Spirit and those who resist the Spirit.

Read Acts 7 Read IT!

In Acts 7, we see Stephen give the Sanhedrin a historical lesson. He shows his wisdom by appealing to that which the Sanhedrin relished most – the pride or history of being God’s people; yet, he answers, by their consistent disobedient behavior, the question Do You Resist The Holy Spirit? I am sure you read it, so we see Stephen’s conclusion in the following verses

51 “You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 53 you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.”

Stephen answered the question about the Sanhedrin. Now, you must allow the Word of God and the Spirit of God to answer the question for you. Do You Resist The Holy Spirit? The Word of God says if we resist the Holy Spirit, then we are stiff-necked people who refuse to Follow the Leader.

Where are you? Fix it with God.

No Match for the Wisdom of the Spirit

March 26, 2013

In Acts 6, we see The Spirit enables the Servant to be Obedient and Wise. Stephen was one of the servants chosen by the people because he, as well as the other six men, was known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. At that time, we were told what Stephen was; however, later in this chapter, we see Stephen’s wisdom at work.

Let’s look in at Stephen in Acts 6:

Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia—who began to argue with Stephen. 10 But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.

11 Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”

12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. 13 They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. 14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”

15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Stephen, like Jesus, was questioned by a ruling Jewish authority, the Sanhedrin. As with Jesus, that ruling authority attempted to discredit and entrap Stephen when they questioned him. Because Stephen was innocent, the Sanhedrin had people to lie about what Stephen supposedly did. Despite that, the Sanhedrin was No Match for the Wisdom of the Spirit. Stephen answered them and “15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.”

Tomorrow in Acts 7, we will see not only the angelic look but further proof that the Sanhedrin was No Match for the Wisdom of the Spirit. When we rely on the Spirit of God to guide us, we too can be like Jesus and like Stephen, the man of God. Both were guided by the Spirit. Both are heralded as great witnesses for the Almighty God.

The Spirit enables the Servant to be Obedient and Wise

March 25, 2013

As most of you know, I work in a school setting. It is in the heart of hiring season for schools looking to fill vacancies. A large school district here in Atlanta is advertising in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution newspaper as well as on television. I saw an ad on the ABC affiliate just yesterday. When interviews are conducted, I am sure that there are certain criteria one looks for in deciding to hire a particular candidate.

Just as there are desired attributes for candidates being hired for jobs, there are highly valued attributes for those seeking to serve the Almighty God. In Acts 6, we see the apostles set the standard for those who would serve the body of Christ through general needs as they served the needs of prayer and the Word.

The Twelve, as the disciples were called, provided the criteria for selection of service for Christ. Here is what they said, “Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” The sole criteria for service was to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. It has been said that the two requirements for the ministry of service in all ages are obedience to the Spirit and action guided by wisdom.

The men and women chose seven men of which one is highlighted. In verse 5, the text says, “They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.” The Spirit enables the Servant to be Obedient and Wise. All seven of the men were known to be obedient and wise. This was the impetus for their selection, but how did they become that way. We learned earlier from Romans 8 that “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

It is clear from scripture that the only means for the to have demonstrated obedience and wisdom as consistent character traits is for them to have had their minds set on the things of the Spirit. Note: there is no mention of special talents and gifts to be used by God only that which you can be given through the Spirit by ensuring your mind is set on the things of the Spirit.

Where is your mind? If you are truthful, it is not close to where it needs to be. Even at 3:00 a.m., I was battling my mind this morning. I was all alone. No one was with me, but I still needed to confess thoughts that were not indicative of what God expects of me. David and Paul gives us insight into how to fight the battle of the mind. In Psalm 119:9,11, David tells us “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” In Romans 12, Paul tells us “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

We must be committed to ingesting the Word of God to enable the Spirit of God to direct us. It’s like working out. You must consistently be engaged in order to gain strength and to see a difference in your make up. If you want to be fit for service, The Spirit enables the Servant to be Obedient and Wise. Allow the Spirit to lead you and be blessed.

Believers are Witnesses with the Spirit that Jesus is The Christ

March 24, 2013

Eyewitness testimony is the account a bystander gives in the courtroom, describing what they perceived happened during the specific incident under investigation. Ideally this recollection of events is detailed, however this is not always the case. In a court of law, the case that is most strong is when there is physical evidence along with eye witnesses.

In Luke 24, Jesus foretold or prophesied to the disciples that they would be witnesses of His in the world and that the Spirit would be sent to them.

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Furthermore, Jesus states the same thing in John 15

26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

In Acts 1, Jesus, as He prepares for His ascension, tells the disciples  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

In Acts 5, Peter confirms what Jesus said as he testified or witnessed about Jesus Christ.

31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” 33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.

We see from these passages that Believers are Witnesses with the Spirit that Jesus is The Christ. The question is whether or not you are a true believer in Jesus as the Christ. I know that He saved my soul. I know that He changed my life. I once was blind but now I see. Are you a witness along with the Holy Spirit?

Have You Lied to the Holy Spirit

March 23, 2013

A barefaced (or bald-faced) lie is one that is obviously a lie to those hearing it. The phrase comes from 17th-century British usage referring to those without facial hair as being seen as acting in an unconcealed or open way. A variation that has been in use almost as long is bold-faced lie, referring to a lie told with a straight and confident face (hence “bold-faced”), usually with the corresponding tone of voice and emphatic body language of one confidently speaking the truth. Bold-faced lie can also refer to misleading or inaccurate newspaper headlines, but this usage appears to be a more recent appropriation of the term.[1] According to dictionary.com, a lie is defined as a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.

Let’s face the truth; we have all lied and continue to do so. Our text, Acts 5, is a classic text and well-known from scripture where a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira were caught in a lie. They were not just caught by man but God. We do not realize that when we are not truthful it is a sin. What we learn about Ananias and Sapphira is that lying to God is truly an affront to God through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

How do we lie to God? We must look at Ananias and Sapphira’s example from Acts 5.

Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.

Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”

When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.

About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?”

“Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”

Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”

10 At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.

Essentially, Ananias and Sapphira thought they could hide the truth from God. They thought they could conceal their deception from God. Like all lies, the motivation is based in pride. They wanted to look better than what they really are. By telling the apostles that they gave all the money they received for the land they sold, it would have given the appearance that they gave more than they truly did. There was no need to do so other than for them to appeal to their pride. In Acts 4, we learn that “32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.”

The notion was to appear to be like those who had truly given a lot to the cause of Christ. The reality was that they lied to God and not to men. Galatians 6:7-8 tells us “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Ananias and Sapphira reaped death because they sowed death. While not physically, we do the same thing when we tell lies. We sin, and sin brings death.

Have You Lied to the Holy Spirit? Confess it and be reconciled to God.

Is the Spirit Upon You or In You?

March 22, 2013

As I moved out of Romans 8 in seeing what the Spirit of God brings to us, I began perusing the Word. I found a scripture that I have not spent a lot of time verifying my initial thoughts, so go back and read to ensure that I am not in error.

“The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done.” Judges 14:6

As I read this verse, I marveled at the strength that he had when the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully on him. You know how we are. We are envious which is a sin by the way. I thought that man it would be cool to have the Spirit come upon me like that, so I could do something strong. Wrong motive.

God had a different take on the matter to share with me. The person referred to in Judges 14 is Samson. Most of know of his notoriety as a very strong man who power or strength came from his hair. More recently, his story was showcased on the television series called The Bible.

Here is what God challenged me with. He said would your rather have the Spirit come upon you or live in you? In reflecting on Is the Spirit Upon You or In You?, I quickly surmised that the strength of Samson came on in bursts. That the Spirit of the Lord did not dwell in him, but came upon him. If I have not learned anything over the past few weeks, I have learned that it is of great benefit for the Spirit to dwell in me. He brings peace with God, direction from God, confirms our adoption as Sons of God, intercession to God on our behalf, gives life to us, and a myriad of other benefits.

We know from our study of the English language that prepositions reveal placement. Upon versus In is a major difference. Upon for me not Samson, connotes intermittent influence, but in connotes constant contact and influence. If we are honest with ourselves and the depth of our sinfulness, it is a no-brainer in desiring to answer the question Is the Spirit Upon You or In You?

In our present lexicon, not leprechaun, the phrase “All In” conveys the level of commitment someone has about their involvement in some endeavor. In terms of Is the Spirit Upon You or In You?, I am “ALL IN”. How about you?

The Spirit Himself Intercedes for Us

March 21, 2013

Often in lengthy marriages, both husband and wife will be able to complete the thoughts of another before the words are stated. In many cases, it serves a fond affectionate type of interaction. It symbolizes their care, concern and understanding of one another.

We see a relationship that is similar in the Word of God; however, in this relationship, the knowledge of one is known by the other in a deeper manner. We should be aware of the marriage parallel Christ draws between He and His Church. He is the groom, and we are the bride. As groom, He knows what we are in need of even when we cannot even convey the words.

Through the Spirit, God knows exactly what in his bride even if we do not know. In Romans 8:26-30, we see this benefit of the Spirit in our lives. The Spirit of God here is credited for intimately knowing us as the groom should know his bride.  As a result, The Spirit Himself Intercedes for Us.

Romans 8:26-30

26 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. 27 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.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

The entire purpose of verse 26-30 is to demonstrate that the Spirit is here to help us in our weakness. The weakness here refers to our inability to express what’s in us. At times, there are expressions we are unable to articulate. We are at a loss as to even identify, let alone to articulate, what we think or feel. Consequently as helper, the Spirit conveys our condition to the Father in a prayer as a means to support us in following the example of Christ. Remember, the Spirit’s purpose is to empower us to be transformed to the likeness of Christ reflecting God’s glory and drawing men to God through our Christ-likeness.

Ligonier Ministries states it as such: The Holy Spirit strengthens us in our state of weakness, of which we are constantly conscious. Perplexity as to how to pray for oneself is a universal Christian experience. Our inarticulate longings to pray properly are an indication to us that the indwelling Spirit is already helping us by interceding for us in our hearts, making requests that the Father will certainly answer

Noted commentator Matthew Henry submitted the following about the Spirit’s role as helper in prayer: Our weakness in prayer: We know not what we should pray for as we ought. (1.) As to the matter of our requests, we know not what to ask. We are not competent judges of our own condition. Who knows what is good for a man in this life? Eccl. 6:12.
We are short-sighted, and very much biassed in favour of the flesh, and apt to separate the end from the way. You know not what you ask, Matt. 20:22. We are like foolish children, that are ready to cry for fruit before it is ripe and fit for them; see Luke 9:54, 55. (2.) As to the manner, we know not how to pray as we ought. It is not enough that we do that which is good, but we must do it well, seek in a due order; and here we are often at a loss—graces are weak, affections cold, thoughts wandering, and it is not always easy to find the heart to pray, 2 Sam. 7:27.
The apostle speaks of this in the first person: We know not. He puts himself among the rest. Folly, and weakness, and distraction in prayer, are what all the saints are complaining of. If so great a saint as Paul knew not what to pray for, what little reason have we to go forth about that duty in our own strength!
Prayer is one of the primary one of the two means for man to personally interact with God. Therefore, it is vitally important for us to understand the conditions of prayer. The Spirit Himself Intercedes for Us. Again, the Spirit’s goal is to help us in our weakness in prayer. Reflect upon this as we struggle to even pray when we are conscious of what we need to ask God for in prayer.