Prayer according to the perfect will of God

I’m finishing up Ligonier Ministries’ DVD set of Sinclair Ferguson’s, “Who is the Holy Spirit?”  I loved the entire program, but right now my favorite session is “The Inward Groan.”
Gian_Lorenzo_Bernini_-_Dove_of_the_Holy_Spirit Sinclair Ferguson says that as Christians, “when we don’t know how to pray and we are longing for God to hear our cries, that is the point in our lives when prayer according to the perfect will of God is being made in our hearts.”

Why does he say that?

Because:

  • the Holy Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
  • And… (God) knows the mind of the Spirit,
  •  the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.  And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  (Romans 8:26-27)

Thanks be to God!

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