June 4, 2017 Sermon - RBC
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Romans 8:26-27

Likewise 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.27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

 

Infirmities—the general weakness of our spiritual life. Our understanding is weak, which makes poor desires, and weak prayers. Intercession—to fall in with, to meet for consultation. Groanings—thoughts not expressed in articulate language. Although we may not know, the Spirit does and intercedes on our behalf.

--8:22-23—We are all groaning

--8:28—all things work together for good—conformity to Christ—but we don’t always respond right, understand or have the right perspective.

Don’t know how to pray—Disciples asked Jesus “Teach us to pray” and He gave them the Lord’s prayer.

Ephesians 2:18-22

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

 

Access—liberty to approach. No longer need to go to the temple to commune with God; we are now the building in the Spirit.

 

Although this is not about prayer, it lays the foundation of how we can pray. OT they would pray in or toward the temple. Prayer was largely associated with the temple, where God dwelt among the people. We are the temple now.

 

Ephesians 6:17-19

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

 

Sword is the word. Offensive weapon. How do we use it? Prayer! Always—at every opportunity. Supplication –an imploring request. Perseverance—persistence. Holding out against all fatigue and difficulty

Praying in the Spirit is associated with sword of the Spirit. In order to pray for God’s will, one must know what God’s will is!

 

Jude 17-21

But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

 

Separate—draw boundary lines, cause division. Sensual—natural, unrenewed, animal part of man. Separating yourself from spiritual people is a sign of not having the Spirit.

Rather than separating, be building yourselves up. It is only through the Spirit we can be built up and only through Him can we pray aright. By being built together and praying are we kept in the love of God. Always looking forward in hope.

Praying in Holy Spirit—in his power and wisdom

To keep ourselves from false teachers and those who divide, we must be constantly praying in the Spirit.

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