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There are no clear scriptural examples of prayer being directed to the Holy Spirit personally. The reason for this could be that the special work of the Holy Spirit is to apply and effect the will of the Father and the Son. As such, the Holy Spirit is viewed as the applying Power producing the prayers offered and their answers, and not as their object. Scripture tells us that we are to pray in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18), but not to the Spirit. However, divine honor and worship are to be directly and personally rendered to the Holy Spirit as the benedictions (II Corinthians 13:14, Revelation 1:4-5) and other scriptural references (Matthew 28:19, I John 5:7) clearly teach.

We are to pray in the Name and for the sake of Christ. True prayer believes in and trusts upon Christ's merits. It confesses that only in Jesus' Name and for the sake of His sacrificial and intercessory work can a sinner ever approach unto God. Outside of Christ and His mediatorial work, no sinner can stand before God's righteous and holy justice. No sinner can satisfactorily plead upon his own merits or works. Our prayers' closing expressions of "for Jesus' sake," or "in Christ's Name we pray," or other similar statements, should be humble confessions of this truth.

We are to pray to God for all things necessary for both body and soul, for ourselves and for others. True prayer recognizes one's need and desires to receive that which is needed from God's hand. A sense of personal need and a desire to be blessed by God's grace are interwoven throughout true prayer. No matter is too large to bring before the Lord in prayer for, "Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance... All nations before Him are as nothing" (Isaiah 40:15a, 17a). Yet no matter is too small to place before the Lord in prayer, either, for "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered" (Matthew 10:29-30).

Our prayers should include the matters and persons listed in the chart on the following page.

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

- II Corinthians 13:14

John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne;

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful Witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood.

- Revelation 1:4-5

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

- Matthew 28:19

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

- I John 5:7

 

How does true prayer exalt God and humble man?

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