But I don’t know, how I know.
Well, Have you ever said those words? Me too.
Today when that happens, I know it’s the Holy Spirit trying to get my attention. In other words— He want’s me to pay attention to what He wants to show me and teach me.
Back in September of this year, I had this knowing about intercessory prayer. The thing that I know is— the Holy Spirit is getting people’s attention all over the world. There are those who have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying and they are aligning themselves with his purpose in this season concerning intercessory prayer and his purpose for the church.
Our praying will turn from self-centered praying to Spirit led praying.
Can you imagine what God can do with a people totally dependent him and in total agreement with his will— as they walk in obedience.
If you know anything about the different prayer movements in the United States in the last 20 years— you know churches have organized times to meet together for special times of prayer.
Back in the early 80’s I remember being with other people from different denominations for focused prayer for the United States. The thing that struck me at that meeting, when you listened to what was being prayed for— there was a terrible spiritual problem that was becoming evident during the prayer times. This is not to be critical but an observation I had.
Generally, the prayers turned into a long list of needs. We prayed for Mrs. Miller’s cancer, for Mr. Smith’s marital problems, for financial prosperity for Carl, for the upcoming events in the church, for God to bless the pastor and leaders and so on.
Over the years— when I think back to that time, I see two problems with this type of praying.
- It focuses on visible needs related to our temporal existence.
- It focuses on internal issues, i.e. – issues dealing with the congregation and its members.
I wish I would have come up with those two problems– I can’t take credit for them. I couldn’t have voiced them back then but I sensed in my spirit something was off but I didn’t know what it was.
Since that time— from reading books on intercession, and having good teaching on the different types of prayer, I see now, that Christians sometimes pray— using only one type of prayer.
Ephesians 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. . .
About 1985 I remember reading this scripture in Ephesians and seeing it like I had never seen it before!
How could I have missed it, when it says, “praying always with ALL prayer and supplication in the Spirit”. . .
I read that verse in all the different translations I had and it was right there in all of them.
Eph. 6:18 Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. (ESV)
Eph. 6:18 Pray ·in [or in dependence on] the Spirit at all times with all ·kinds of prayers. . .(EXB)
Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty.(AMP)
Have you ever read the Bible and have a word pop right out at you— like you’ve never seen it before? Well, that’s what happened to me with that little word “all“.
For those who know me— you know I’m a researcher. I research anything and I do mean anything.
I was like a hound on a trail.
I wanted the Holy Spirit to teach me about “all” types of prayer. He’s been faithful over the years and is still teaching me today concerning intercession for pastors and leaders.
I’ve prayed with dependence on the Holy Spirit with “all” types of prayer and know there is more than one way to pray. The Holy Spirit is more than willing to teach you about the different types of prayer if you are willing for him to teach you.