I was enabled in secret prayer to raise my soul to God, with desire and delight. It was indeed a blessed time. All my past sorrows seemed kindly to disappear, and I “remembered no more the sorrow, for joy.” O, how sweetly, and with what an affectionate tenderness the soul confides in the Rock of Ages, knowing He will “never leave it nor forsake it,” and that He will cause “all things to work together for good!” I longed that others should know how good a God the Lord is. My soul was full of tenderness and love—even to the greatest of my enemies. I longed that they should share in the same mercy. I love the thought that God should so do as He pleased with me—and everything else. I felt peculiarly serious, calm, and peaceful, and felt encouragement to press after holiness as long as I live, whatever difficulties and trials may be in my way. May the Lord always help me to do so! Amen, and amen.
-David Brainerd (1718-1747)
The Holy Spirit, our advocate with the Father, stands ready to help you today. Praying in the Spirit is praying the will of God over the circumstances in your life. “We do not know what we should pray.” And many times our prayers are for our own motives (James 4:3). But praying in the Holy Spirit is yielding to Divine help and Divine prayer.
Paul uses a compound word for “help” in this passage of Scripture. The Greek describes help much like a lifeguard that rushes to a drowning victim, wrestling and striving with him or her until the person is safe. God comes and strives and wrestles with us until we yield fully to His grace and power in our lives. He pulls us into His secret place of safety.
Instead of praying and wrestling with God over your plans to improve your life, try yielding to the heavenly language and a heavenly time of prayer. It is in this place of surrender we find our help. This heavenly prayer is our refreshing and our rest from the struggles of this world (Isaiah 28:11-12). Yielding to God in this life of prayer transports us from turmoil into the secret place in His shadow of cool, refreshing winds (Psalm 91:1-2). He becomes our fortress of safety and protection.