Pray–Even Poorly–Just Pray!

Romans 8:26

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.

And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

A preacher at a church we attended years ago use to say, in the context of the kingdom of God, “Anything worth doing, is worth doing even poorly!”

He said that because he knew that the Holy Spirt meets us in our feeble doing, and takes it, and turns it into something marvelous and more powerful than we can imagine.

But we do need to do something.

We need to offer up something so that the Spirit actually has material to take and use. If we do nothing, the Spirit has nothing to work with.

Now God, being the Mysterium Tremendum Ac Fascinosum that He is, can obviously make something out of nothing. But that is not how we see (in the NT) He has chosen to work through His church, which is the continuation of Jesus’s work here on earth.

Think of this co-laboring concept, not only with regard to helping others in the various beautiful ways we are called to as Christ followers, but with regard to prayer. We don’t even really know what to pray for, but the Holy Spirit takes our prayers, even the pathetic ones, and translates them into harmony with God’s will, and gives the almighty Father something He can work with, so to speak.

Perhaps this shines some light on that “mustard seed of faith” thing Jesus talked about. Maybe He was thinking/telling us that, “My Father can and will work so many things that’ll knock your socks off, and bring about His kingdom here on earth. All you need to do is give Him some material to work with because He has chosen to co-labor with you to bring it about. He chose this way out of love and relationship, to work in union for His glory, which is the greatest attainment for you if you will but trust Him. The ‘material’ He asks for is your faith. He only needs a tiny amount, as long as it is sincere.”

So please, for the love of God, pray! Pray everyday, pray constantly, pray for everyone you know, and give the Holy Spirit something to take to our Father for use in His glorious kingdom. Sometimes I don’t know how to pray for someone, so I just repeat their name to Jesus and trust the Spirit will do with it what needs to be done and maximize it beyond my abilities.

So many of these writings I’ve put out there are pathetic, poorly written, or ridiculous–but they’re something.  And I trust that Ruach Elohim can take one throw-away sentence from one low quality writing and change someone’s heart, bringing it closer to Him. Praise God!

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