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Ears From Harvested Sheaves by J.C. Philpot

December 12

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.
Romans viii. 26.

In all our prayers, in all our approaches to the throne, our mercy and
wisdom will be to seek to possess the mind of the Spirit; to desire to
know the will of God, and do it; to look up more believingly and
continually to the Lord Jesus, that he himself would teach and guide
us; that he would by his Spirit and grace conform us more inwardly and
outwardly to his suffering image; that he would grant unto us to know him
more, and serve him better; that our prayers may day by day be more and
more fervent, earnest, and sincere, more spiritual, more in accordance with
the will of God; that thus they may be more and more manifested as the
interceding breath of the Spirit of God in our hearts, and as such may
bring more clear and evident answers down. Pray for the manifestation of
Christ to your soul, for a revelation of the Person, blood, righteousness,
and love of Jesus; seek to have your signs and evidences of divine life
more cleared up; your Ebenezers and tokens for good more brightly shone
upon; your doubts and fears more plainly dispelled, and a fuller and
sweeter assurance of personal interest given in the finished work of
Christ. Desire also to have the promises applied to your heart, the word
of God brought with divine power into your conscience, and a living faith
raised up and drawn forth to mix with the truth which you read or
hear. Beg, as the Lord may enable, for submission, patience, resignation,
brokenness, contrition, humility, godly sorrow for sin, heavenly
affections, and that sweet spirituality of mind which is life and
peace. Above all, seek an inward assurance that your prayers are heard and
accepted, and then watch for the answer. This will give you the surest and
best of all evidences that the blessed Spirit is himself interceding for
you with groanings which cannot be uttered.

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