The Holy Spirit as Our Spotter

The Holy Spirit as Our Spotter

(Reflection on Prayer)

Helps in our prayer
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"Christian Reflections about The Holy Spirit and Prayer"

God's Word teaches every believer to pray diligently.  The bible says "never stop praying" (1 Thesalonians 5:17).


But in reality, not a few Christians find it difficult to keep praying diligently, for various reasons which for them are debilitating.


  • Our discipline can be a weakness for us to pray diligently.
  • Being tired, both physically and emotionally, can be a weakness for us to keep praying.


Or we are just lazy to pray. That too becomes our weakness.



However, none of God's words that He commands us to do is too impossible for us to do.


God always gives us help to enable us to keep His commandments. Including the command to pray diligently.


Rome 8:26 (CEV)

In certain ways we are weak, but the Spirit is here to help us. For example, when we don't know what to pray for, the Spirit prays for us in ways that cannot be put into words.



The Holy Spirit is said to help us learn to pray, direct us what and how to pray, and EVEN pray for us




The ilustration is like a “Spotting” in weight training.


Spotting in a fitness activity means the act of supporting other people during certain exercises with the aim of helping, supervising, or encouraging more than usual exercise to stay in a safe manner. Without danger of injury.


The person who helps supervise is known as the Spotter.




Psychologically, with someone who is a spotter, the one person whom do the exercise will feel safe if at the end of their workout they run out of energy.  And that way, they can maximize their load force.


But keep in mind that the spotter function here is NOT FOR HELPING FITNESS PARTNERS LIFT LOADS, but only hold a little weight and be ready to help when needed.


Those who lift weights still are the person whom have to exercise!


The spotter function is only to monitor if the final reps are unable to lift weights anymore.  Is as a preventive action (prevention).


But often the mistake that happens is that the spotter "helps" too much, so that those who practice take it easy, don't waste too much energy.



Taking that ilustration, the Holy Spirit is like our "spotter" in prayer.


He helps to teach us to pray, direct us, watch over us, remind us, and of course prepare to take over when we run out of steam.


With the help of the Holy Spirit in our prayer activities, we should not become even more lazy because of the help, but we must be more enthusiastic, feel safe, and be motivated to be more diligent. 

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