Prayer and God the Spirit (part 3)
“For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” (Eph. 2:18)
The Holy Spirit is our divine Comforter (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7). He is the one who comes along side us in order to aid or support us. M.R. Vincent (in his Word-studies in the New Testament) suggests that the word Comforter means more than a consoler and that the Latin cum (with) forte (strength) is the clearer sense, hence the Holy Spirit is He who comes along to strengthen us. We cannot function properly in the ministry if we do not have the special aid of the Holy Spirit. We cannot pray properly unto the Father without the Holy Spirit for He is the “Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” (Rom. 8:15). When we pray, we should be conscious of the special ministry of the Spirit in prayer, Romans 8:26 – “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” I often think how miserable it would be to do ministry work if it weren’t for the wisdom and strength and convicting element of the Holy Spirit. We desire the influence and assistance of the Spirit. We are thankful to God for His promise fulfilled in sending us His Holy Spirit.