“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.” Romans 8:26
God is a Spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. God hath many worshippers on particular occasions who cannot be called spiritual worshippers. Take, for instance, the prayers of wicked men under their convictions, or their fears, troubles, and dangers; and the prayers of believers: the former is merely an outcry that distressed nature makes to the God of it, and as such alone it considers him; but the other is the voice of the Spirit of adoption, addressing itself in the hearts of believers unto God as a father. Woe to professors of the gospel, who shall be seduced to believe that all they have to do with God consists in their attendance upon moral virtue: it is fit for those so to do who, being weary of Christianity, have a mind to turn pagans; but “our fellowship is with the Father and his son Jesus Christ,” under the promised working and intercession of the Spirit; for by them alone are the love of the Father and the fruits of the mediation of the Son communicated unto us, without which we have no interest or comfort in them; and by the influences of the Spirit alone we are enabled to make any acceptable returns of obedience to God. To exclude the internal operations of the Holy Ghost, is to destroy the gospel.
Spirit of wisdom, grace, and power—
Of prayer and faith the quickening spring—
With Father, Son, we thee adore,
And Holy! Holy! Holy! sing.
Music: Holy, Holy, Holy