God never meant for us to walk alone. Sometimes we pray in closeness with God and then when we walk away, we allow ourselves to feel alone and we plead for Him to come to our side and be with us. But the truth is that we can never be separated from the Holy Spirit! This week we will begin to learn about the role He has in guiding and directing our prayers.
God never meant for us to walk alone.
And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. John 14:16-18
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. John 16:7
We can begin by declaring truths about the Holy Spirit.
- I declare that the Holy Spirit is a Person, able to live in relationship with me.
A person is not the same thing as a human. A human is a person in a physical body, but your personhood is the invisible part of you that can have a relationship with the living God. Whether or not you can speak or walk in your human body does not determine your personhood, and neither does the color of your skin. Your personhood was made in the image of God; it gives you the ability to be encouraged by God and to encourage like God, to understand as He does and communicate His Word.
- I declare that the Holy Spirit was sent to help me.
Because the Holy Spirit was sent to help you, you don’t have to wonder whether or not He is going to help you. You may still appeal for His help, or for Him to reveal how He is helping you, or for your own ability to listen and receive His help, but you need not fear that He won’t help you.
- I declare that the Holy Spirit was sent to live in me.
You never have to pray for the Holy Spirit to live in you; if you are a believer, He does! Instead, your prayer may be, “I’m having a difficult day. I know that You are in a relationship with me and that You can empathize with me and help me. Will you reveal to me what You are doing and help me to act according to Your will?”
As we explore the characteristics of the person of the Holy Spirit this week and next week, remember that dialed-in prayer is learning to be of one accord with God, according to what is already happening spiritually.
- Dialed-in prayer is joining the conversation that is already taking place in the spiritual world.
- Join the conversation in heaven by declaring, listening, and asking in accordance with the conversation in progress. Matthew 6:31-34, Exodus 16:4-5, 16
1. I declare that the Holy Spirit loves me. Romans 15:30
The person of the Holy Spirit wants to live in relationship with you, he loves you, lives inside you, and was sent to help you.
God’s love for you is inexhaustible; you can never reach its end. The love of the Holy Spirit is always there, as He is always with you, but you need to acknowledge Him!
Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, Romans 15:30
2. I declare that the Holy Spirit has a mind. Romans 8:27
The Holy Spirit has a mind, so he can think and interact with your thoughts. Furthermore, He designed your brain and understands all of its inner workings. He has the ability to transform your mind and change the way you think. He can even undo negative messages that you received in childhood or past relationships.
Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:27
The Holy Spirit is by your side and cannot be separated from you!
3. I declare that the Holy Spirit has a will. 1 Corinthians 12:11
Because the Holy Spirit has a will, this means that there is something He wants for your life. He is working in and through you to accomplish things according to what’s in the mind of God, empowered with the love of God, and executed in the context of a relationship with you.
So how would you be able to pray effectively without the Holy Spirit?
But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. 1 Corinthians 12:11
God has doors of opportunity for you to walk through, but you may be knocking on the wrong door! You may be exhausting yourself trying to do things that God has not directed - maybe set up a business, seek a relationship, or accomplish a goal. But if you can heed His direction, the right opportunities are out there to impact the kingdom of God.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
It’s easy to ignore the Holy Spirit because we can’t see Him, but we need to interact and trust Him! He wants to bless you and wants you to voluntarily surrender to His will and His plan for you. But if you never talk to Him and never listen, you won’t receive that direction.
You can spend your prayer time this week praying through these declarations about the Holy Spirit and what they mean in your life. Remember to declare boldly - a declaration means you absolutely understand and believe it, and you will allow its truth to permeate your life and your current circumstances!