The Holy Spirit is a Spirit of prayer. As sinners, we need the Holy Spirit in our hearts in order to pray properly, for, "the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered" (Romans 8:26). God is almighty and gracious. God the Holy Spirit delights to give and exercise prayer in human hearts, God the Son to hear and present prayer in heaven, God the Father to answer and fulfill prayer in His time and way, on earth.
God's children possess an additional rich, double blessing regarding prayer; they have both a praying Intercessor in their hearts, the Holy Spirit; and a praying Intercessor in heaven, Jesus Christ. This double blessing enables their prayers to be graciously answered by God the Father.
The following stories illustrate various aspects of the Holy Spirit's work, as the Spirit of prayer.
Patricia's minister used the following example to illustrate the necessity of the Holy Spirit's work in prayer.
"Imagine a person who is attempting to sail," he said. "This person leaves the dock, raises his sails, and prepares all that is needed. There is no wind, however; not even a gentle breeze. The boat does not move. In desperation, the person blows air and fans objects at the sails attempting to generate some wind.
"Will this work? You answer, 'Of course not!' A sailboat is not designed to run upon self-made breezes but on far greater winds - on stronger, outside powers. So
And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them.
- Ezekiel 36:27
But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.
- I John 2:27
It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
- John 6:63
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
- Acts 1:8
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
- Galatians 4:6
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My Name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
- John 14:26
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
- I Corinthians 2:13
Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak; and He will shew you things to come.