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The Holy Spirit Study 10: Our Prayer Fixer and Interceder

The Holy Spirit Today Day 10 – Our Prayer Fixer and Interceder

One of the most critical roles I am called upon to fill in our family is that of an “interpreter”! I say this in love, but my kids and my husband rarely speak the same language. Even now that we are all adults, there are many things that simply get lost in translation!  

Well-meaning questions, requests, or comments so easily become twisted, misconstrued, and ill-received. Those moments require someone who can speak both “languages” to step in, to clarify true meaning and motives, and to bring both parties to a level of understanding that enables a productive path forward. Can you relate?  

It is no surprise, then, that communication with our heavenly Father also needs assistance. He is almighty, sovereign God, and we are frail humans. His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are His ways our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). We often speak of the heart and mind of God as a mystery. His plans and purposes perplex our feeble minds, confound our hearts, or elude us all together. Without His help to understand, we struggle to embrace His directives with receptive hearts.

We need an interpreter! The Lord knew this ahead of time. How kind and gracious He is! Before we knew our own need for Him, the Son asked the Father to send the Comforter (Advocate, Intercessor), the Holy Spirit (John 14:16), to stand in the gap for us.

We have received the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given to us. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:12-15).

Even before the Son made this request of the Father, the Holy Spirit had been active in our world. He has been hovering close and interceding for a very long time. It is His touch that opens the eyes of our understanding in the first place to recognize and acknowledge the reality of God (Job 32:8). It is His prompting that draws us, the very reason we want to know God and be reconciled to Him. It is His whisper that reveals truths about God’s character, plans, and purposes and compels us to align ourselves with them (John 16:13).

In a renewed relationship between the heavenly Father and His redeemed child, both long to grow closer, nearer, more intimately connected. Any healthy relationship requires good communication.  The Lord invites us to come talk with Him. We respond that we are listening. Whether we are weighed down or joy-filled to overflowing, He is delighted to welcome us into His presence to pour out our hearts to Him in prayer.

When we struggle to find the words, when our minds are spinning too frantically to truly listen, conversation can fall silent. We try to speak but fumble our thoughts. We search for words but can only weep. We strain to hear His voice but hear only the pulse of our own racing heart. This is exactly when the Holy Spirit stands in the gap for us.

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 (Romans 8:26-27, NIV).

Our Father wants to be known (Psalm 46:10). He wants us to know how intimately we are known by Him (1 Corinthians 8:3). It delights His heart to see our hearts drawn to His, endeavoring to understand and obey His wishes.  

What heart of a parent does not swell with gratefulness when their child wants to spend time with them, share the joys and struggles they are facing, and ask for advice? When we bring our needs and concerns to the Father, entrusting Him with our delights and our burdens, believing He is the One who can give the wisest counsel, our confident faith honors Him.

Through His own Spirit, the Lord will reveal Himself to us. He will reassure us that our prayers are heard and valued (Jeremiah 29:12-13; 1 Peter 3:12). He will help us receive with clarity exactly what He wants us to hear. He will point us to the right path (Psalm 25:4-5; Psalm 23; Proverbs 3:6). He will train our hearts to respond in trust and obedience (Psalm 119:32). He will grant us peace (Isaiah 26:12; John 16:33).

How do I know this? I have lived this very reality.  

God’s Word says it is His Spirit who dwells within me, who comforts me, who teaches me, who reminds me of everything Jesus has said, who intercedes for me, who helps me proclaim confident faith in my one and only Savior (John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 12:3).  

I have come to recognize His whispers to my heart. On countless occasions, He calms the spin of my mind, He reminds me of scriptural truth that replaces fear and confusion, He grants me reassurance of my Savior’s love, and heightens my awareness of the Father’s tender care. He faithfully guides me to a place of rest.

As I come to appreciate what true two-way dialogue with the Lord in prayer can look like in my life, I realize how much I treasure those times and hunger for them. It is in those moments that I sense His nearness so vividly, when His words become real and timely and precious. As His Spirit transforms my heart to match His, those conversations dive deeper. Discoveries about Him and about myself become clearer and richer. It is from that place of security and growth that the Lord can show me the productive path forward He has planned for me.

As I step out in bold faith, I never go alone. The Holy Spirit dwells within me. He will never fail to refine my prayers or my vision. He will never cease to intercede for me, ensuring that my communication to or from the Father will always be clear and effective. With His help, I will always feel safe and welcomed into conversation with God, my Father.  

“My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with Me.’ And my heart responds, ‘LORD, I am coming’” (Psalm 27:8, NLT).

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