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You Can't Hit The Bull's Eye Without The Holy Ghost
"Those things which we deem are often evil. And those which we think evil are often good. So ignorant are we, that we run the greatest hazard in making a choice. It is better to leave ourselves and our concerns in the hands of the Lord, than to keep them in our own." - Adam Clarke
Ecclesiastes 6:12 says, "For who knoweth what is good for man in this life...?" The answer to that question is that no man really knows what is best for him here - whether to be high or low or rich or poor. He doesn't really know which position he should take in life...which direction he should give to his activities...or what decision to adopt in difficult or important cases. He is so shortsighted when it comes to the issues and events of things. He really doesn't know how to advise others for the best nor how to act himself.
So, when it comes to prayer or intercession, how can a man possibly know how to pray for another?
That is a good question and needs to be addressed.
So many pray, but are they praying effectively? Just how many prayers are offered before the Throne of Grace that go unanswered? Isn't it a good thing that people are at least praying?
The Apostle Paul spoke of fighting in 1 Corinthians 9:26, but he also mentioned - "beating the air." You may be waging spiritual warfare for an individual, but are you "hitting the mark" with your prayers? Or are you simply "beating the air"? In other words, are you simply wearing yourself out?
The Apostle James mentioned in James 5:16 that it was - "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man" that availed much. Reading between the lines, we can hear him saying that - on the opposite side - there are prayers that are not effectual and that do not avail at all.
What kind of prayers are yours? Effectual or ineffectual?
Are you hitting the bull's eye each time that you pray?
If not, you can be. This message is written to let you know just how to hit the bull's eye each and every time that you pray.
Believe it or not - one of the meanings of the Hebrew word for intercession - paga - is to land upon or light upon something (The Beginner's Guide To Intercession, pg.78). We get a picture of this from the story of Jacob chancing upon a meeting place with God at Bethel (Genesis 28:10-19). There are times when intercession is chancing or happening upon a meeting with God. Some people may pray for hours for a need, yet never really hit the target of what God wants to pinpoint. He still hears these prayers, but their effect is minimal because their wording is vain or man-centered. However, when a person really gets the Lord's mind on a matter, lets the Holy Ghost rest or light upon him, and he - in turn - chances or happens upon the Divine will, his prayers become supercharged or most effective - causing them to hit the bull's eye of God's focus.
Romans 8:26 makes it very clear that we need the Holy Ghost's accuracy in order to chance upon the real problem or land upon the right place in intercession. It says - "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."
Did you hear what was said here?
Pay close attention to the words - "...for we know not what we should pray for as we ought..." Now compare it to the words of King Solomon is Ecclesiastes 6:12 which says - "For who knoweth what is good for man in this life...?"
"we know not...as we ought..." - We would all have to admit that in many of our prayers, our understandings and desires are weak. The truth of the matter is that our graces are weak, our affections are cold, and our thoughts are wandering. In our ignorance, we oftentimes do not know what is best for another, nor what God wants to grant them. Neither do we know the character of God, the reason for His dealings, the principles of His government, nor the real needs at hand. We know the object of prayer is God, and the manner of performing it is by faith. But we are chiefly ignorant of the matter of prayer.
"we know not...as we ought..." - Neither do we have the ability to accomplish what is needed in our own strength and understanding.
The Scriptures tell us - "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities..." He enables us to "hit the bull's eye," rather than "beat the air."
Now, we ask you - just how hungry are you for more Holy Ghost power in your life?
It will all depend on whether or not you want to "beat the air" when you pray or "hit the bull's eye."
May God Bless His Word.