Today, Alistair Begg takes us to Jude 1:20 for the characteristics of true prayer. The Holy Spirit is key player. Here, I extend the verse a bit.
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
22 And have mercy on some, who are doubting;
God speaks directly to the desire in our hearts, for He is the one who has written them. "Out of the depths must we cry, or we will never behold glory in the highest." The Holy Spirit commands humility and because of this, we recognize our own sin and bow down to make contrition. Other keywords from Alistair's poetic article are fervency, red-hot, perseveringly, humbly, and loving. He closes this poetic article with these words, "Now our prayer is that this blessed combination of excellent graces, as priceless and sweet as rare spices, might be fragrant within us because the Holy Spirit is in our hearts! Blessed Comforter, exert Your mighty power within us, helping our weaknesses in prayer."
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