As we zero in to get a close up shot of Habakkuk before he prayed his Spirit inspired prayer— I want you to see the process he went through to get to the place of his Spirit inspired prayer.
If we are honest— we all can identify with Habakkuk.
From the Message Bible.
The problem as God gave Habakkuk to see it:
God, how long do I have to cry out for help
before you listen?
How many times do I have to yell, “Help! Murder! Police!”
before you come to the rescue?
Why do you force me to look at evil,
stare trouble in the face day after day?
Anarchy and violence break out,
quarrels and fights all over the place.
Law and order fall to pieces.
Justice is a joke.
The wicked have the righteous hamstrung
and stand justice on its head. (Hab. 1:1-17)
As you can see the Prophet had a double problem— “Law and order fall to pieces. Justice is a joke.”
Well I’d say he was out of DENIAL— but frustrated.
As we look upon the world today we can agree with Habakkuk and ask God, “What are you going to do about it.”
When we read the newspaper or watch the news we can say the situations then and now are similar.
Some background on Habakkuk.
Habakkuk provides us one of the most remarkable sections in all of Scripture, as it contains an extended dialogue between Habakkuk and God (Habakkuk 1–2).
The prophet initiated this conversation based on his distress about God’s “inaction” in the world. He wanted to see God do something more, particularly in the area of justice for evildoers.
The book of Habakkuk pictures a frustrated prophet, much like Jonah, though Habakkuk channeled his frustration into prayers and eventually praise to God, rather than trying to run from the Lord as Jonah did.
Spirit led prayer is a lot like how Habakkuk starts out. Sometimes we initiate the conversation and other times the Holy Spirit will initiate the dialogue.
In the New Testament we see the same concept.
John 14:16 “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;”
John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
2 Corinthians 13:14 “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.”
Philippians 2:1-2 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.”
Romans 8:26-27 “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Since the Holy Spirit is our helper to be with us forever, our teacher who teaches us all things and brings to our remembrance all that Jesus says, and desires for us to fellowship with Him— it only stands to reason that he wants to communicate with us.
The Holy Spirit deeply desires to dialogue with us— He wants to fellowship with us.