by Shirlee Vandegrift
When the Director of Senior Adults asked me recently to take the teaching time at our Thursday Prayer Group, I started by asking the Holy Spirit to give me a topic and give me the words. My thoughts were scattered but I kept coming back to the topic of unanswered prayer.
I’ve learned to listen for the Holy Spirit’s answer when I ask for it. It takes quiet time and a listening ear. Most of the time I accept the answer, even if it isn’t what I asked for, but the rest of the time I hang on to my idea of what the answer should be and wonder why the Spirit is not answering. Am I alone in that?
I am no expert in how to pray. Aided by the Holy Spirit, I write prayers using this theory:
- If you are praying in God’s will as you know His will,
- If you love Jesus so much you can’t hold it in but need to tell Him,
- If you bring others into your prayers and lay their needs at God’s feet,
- If you trust in the power of the Holy Spirit and can be a witness to His strength, and
- If you talk to God about all of it and more,
I think know how to pray!
On the other hand, I have asked the Holy Spirit for help and heard nothing but silence.
It puzzles me.