The Mystery of Prayer
A Sermon on Romans 8:26-27
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (ESV)
Is prayer really important for every Christian? Surprisingly as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains, there are Christians who think there is just no need to pray. “Trust God since He already knows everything,” they say. When they read Romans 8:26-27, they object, “This makes little sense. God knows all things already. We don't know what to pray for. The Spirit prays for us. What point and purpose is there in praying?” In this sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones offers very practical lessons regarding the whole mystery of prayer by answering the questions: Why do we pray? Who should pray and who should not pray? How do we pray? What are the different types of prayer? What rules do we follow when we pray? What prayers are always acceptable to God? What cautions regarding prayer do we find in Scripture? Can we ever be confident when we pray for certain things? The answers to these questions will encourage your soul as you present your requests before God.