Romans 8:26-27 (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. (NIV)

Yesterday, we learnt that we must be open to whatever God decides to do when we pray. Today, we will study why we must continually pray, knowing that God will do what He pleases.

The truth is that prayer is not about results, but mainly about building a relationship with God. God wants us to communicate with Him in the same way that children interact with their parents (Matthew 6:9-13). This is so that we can get to know Him more and grow in Him. Prayer also aligns us with God’s agenda and makes us willing, even when it does not make sense to pray. Therefore, as seen in our Bible reading, believers should endeavour to be baptised in the Holy Ghost because the Spirit helps us pray the mind of God.

Another reason we ought to pray is for the development of endurance, character, and hope in God. Romans 5:3-4 says, “we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” The waiting period in prayer helps us persevere because God desires that we become actively involved in the process of prayer in order to build trust in Him. When we have this understanding, it becomes easier to discern God’s purpose for our lives and to conform to His will.


Hymn: Sweet Hour of Prayer – William W. Walford (1845)

1. Holy Spirit, please possess me with the passion for prayer.

2. Father, help me grow in the period of waiting and understand Your will in prayer.


1. Spend quality time praying in the Holy Ghost.

2. Lord, I thank you that I am alive and active by Your grace.

3. Father, deliver me from discouragement and give me the power of faith and intercession for others.


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