Prayer power comes from the Spirit’s help.
After surviving depression most of my adult life to 1990, major liver surgery in 2009, and fast-growing breast cancer in 2011 I finally realized what Oswald Chambers meant.
I bought his book “If You Will Ask”, after the depression but before the liver surgery and breast cancer.
After I read the first couple of pages of his book years ago, I placed it back on my bookshelf, because I didn’t understand fully what he was talking about. Until after the depression, liver surgery and breast cancer.
With so many things in life, “we don’t see things as they are — we see them as we are.”
You see I thought I knew all there was about how to pray. Isn’t God like the big Santa Claus in the sky? You ask Him for things you want, and He gives them to you.
I’m embarrassed to say my early days as a new Christian was like that.
Guess what, I leaned back in my chair and picked Oswald Chambers book off my bookshelf this morning (2011).
Something clicked in me, it was like He downloaded His understanding into my mind. Now I saw prayer as it is not as I saw it.
That’s one thing He’s been teaching me through the depression, the liver surgery, and the breast cancer.
I got ahead of myself, let me back up and show you what I saw when I picked up Oswald Chambers book this morning.
I leafed through his little book of 95 pages and came to a section called, “The Unrealized Philosophy of Prayer”.
I’m not into philosophy so would close the book and put it back on my bookshelf but this time I read the little section about the “Unrealized Philosophy of Prayer”.
First, he quoted a Scripture, Romans 8:26, that I’ve known for years.
This time, I saw prayer as it is, from my heavenly Father’s perspective not just from my human mind.
Here’s what Chambers says about “the Unrealized Philosophy of Prayer”.
“The great thought that we do not realize sufficiently is the interchanging action of the Holy Spirit and the human spirit.
This interchanging action of the Holy Spirit and human spirit at every stage of our spiritual life is vividly expressed here.
The best example of the Holy Spirit working in a human spirit is seen in our Lord Jesus Christ.
According to some expositors, we are so infirm that the Spirit of God brushes aside all our infirmities (or weaknesses) and prays without regard to us, but we find that our Lord recognized the difference between His own Spirit and the Spirit of God and that His mind was always in subordination to the mind of God. “I can of myself do nothing.” —Oswald Chambers
Back in the 70s, my early days as a new Christian I can say Romans 8:26 wasn’t real in my life.
I could have leaped out of my chair this morning and shouted, IT’S TRUE.
I am who I am today because of Romans 8:26-27—these are not just words on the pages of a Bible they’re been worked into every fiber of my being over these many years. I couldn’t put what I know, into the exact words as Chambers did, but my spirit resonated with every word he wrote back in 1923.
Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our infirmities (weaknesses).
For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 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.”