And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. Zechariah 12:10
The spirit of prayer is a holy spirit, a gracious spirit. Wherever there is a true spirit of supplication, there is the spirit of grace. The true spirit of prayer is nothing other than God’s dwelling in the hearts of the saints. And as this spirit comes from God, so it naturally tends to God in holy breathings and pantings. It naturally leads to God, to converse with Him by prayer. Therefore the Spirit is said to make intercession for the saints with groanings which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26).
The Spirit of God makes intercession for them, as it is that Spirit which in some respect incites their prayer, and leads them to pour out their souls before God. Therefore the saints are said to worship God in the Spirit. Philippians 3:3: “We are the circumcision, which worship God in the Spirit” John 4:23: “The true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth.” The truly godly have the spirit of adoption, the spirit of a child, to which it is natural to go to God and call upon Him, crying to Him as to a father.
But hypocrites have nothing of this spirit of adoption. They do not have the spirit of children, for this is a gracious and holy spirit, only given in a real work of regeneration. Therefore it is often mentioned as a part of the distinguishing character of the godly that they call upon God.
Jonathan Edwards, who is considered the finest theologian America has ever produced, was known for his logical mind and warm devotion to the Lord. His exposition of Scripture remains a source of powerful edification for the church. Here are 120 excerpts from this great preacher of the word presented in a daily devotional format. Edwards certainly was an amazing philosopher and a great theologian, but his insights into God’s Word are also down to earth, practical, and devotional. Each devotion is based on a Scripture verse and Edwards is always careful to draw your attention to the text to be fed by God’s Word, not by man’s thoughts and imaginations.
It is a good resource for personal devotions or as an introduction to the thought of Edwards. You will find comfort for the soul, encouragement and exhortations for the heart, and practical instructions for the mind.