Purpose of this Session
As we have considered in earlier modules [Mod 2: Doctrine: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit], the Holy Spirit is a Person; the third Person of the Godhead. He is not a feeling or an impersonal influence or power. He is very God! As we develop faith through the knowledge of this truth and the Scriptures concerning His present ministry in and to the saints we realise that we have absolute ground to expect clear leading in all things from Him. Just as we looked at Christ, our Advocate, so we discover that Christ’s ministry of intercession continues in the Person of the Holy Spirit:
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”
(Rom 8:14 AMP)
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”
(1John 2:1 KJV)
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” (John 16:7 KJV)
Strongs#3875. para¿klhtoß parakletos, par-ak´-lay-tos;
an intercessor, consoler: — advocate, comforter.
Thayers #3875. para¿klhtoß; parakleœtos, parakleœtou, ho (parakaleoœ), properly, summoned, called to one’s side,
especially called to one’s aid
1. one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant; an advocate
2. universally, one who pleads another’s cause with one, an intercessor:
3. in the widest sense, a helper, succorer, aider, assistant; so of the Holy Spirit destined to take the place of Christ with the apostles
(after His ascension to the Father)
Through Him we enter into this glorious participation. He, the Holy Ghost, leads us as we pour our hearts before the Father. Our intercessions through Him combine with the intercessions of Christ, heaven’s breathing and earth’s groanings effectually affecting the plans of God. The same Spirit at work in Christ moves us in One holy purpose!
The Bible makes it clear that the Holy Spirit has been sent to lead and guide us: Consider the following Scriptures in this respect: John 14:26; 16:13-15; 1 John 2:27
As our faith is developed for the Holy Spirit to lead us out in prayer, and we begin to practice in prayer, our hearts grow accustomed to yielding to the different expressions and flows He directs toward. We develop capacity in our spirit, not only to engage Him in our requests and the matters that concern us, but also to work with Him regarding the concerns of His heart.
The Holy Spirit will show us and cause us to pray for things to come; He will take the things of Jesus, those present truths and concerns of the Saviour’s intercessions, and show them to us, leading us to pray into them together with Christ; He will teach us to abide in Christ and to pray from that position of victory and authority; He will lead us to explore new realms in the spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). The Bible says that He will pray the perfect will and mind of God together with us, taking hold together with us in spiritual yearnings and groanings too deep for human utterance:
“So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance. And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the [Holy] Spirit [what His intent is], because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will.”
(Rom 8:26-27 AMP)
What a partnership! What a privilege!