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Romans 8:26-27: In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
We can't always see the consequences and results of our prayers.
For example, we may be praying for our spouse to get a particular job that isn't good for our family in the long run.
God's Spirit knows what we do not know and sees what we do not see. So we pray as best we can but also ask the Spirit to guide our prayers, remembering that what happens to our walk with the Lord is more important than any other aspect of our lives.
There's no "magic formula." We don't need to end every prayer with "If it be Your will." But in our hearts we should acknowledge the weakness of our finite, limited view of life.
Ephesians 6:18: pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
I like the additional thoughts that come from reading this verse in the Amplified Bible: "Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people)."
This verse encourages us to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, something for which I am very grateful. While I've been in Budapest, I have definitely been blessed by praying Christians. This verse is somewhat similar to 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that tells us to pray continually.
Jude 1:19-21: These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. 20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
Praying in God's Spirit is a strengthening act. As we better understand God's character and become increasingly eager to see His will done, we are built up in faith and our prayers become more effective.
What did you learn from these verses. I'd love to have you share in a comment. Thanks! Gail