Romans 8:26-30

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Prayer by Proxy

Praying Effectively

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:26

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “Proxy comes from a contracted form of Middle English ‘procuracie’ (meaning ‘procuration’). A proxy may refer to a person, agency, or office of a deputy authorized to act for another or it may designate the function or authority of serving in another’s stead. Proxy has recently taken on meanings in computing, where it is found in such phrases as ‘proxy server,’ a computer system that facilitates the exchange of data between users on a network.” A proxy is also the common name for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Form 14A (the “proxy statement”), which is the document containing the voting ballot and background information so that shareholders can make informed decisions related to propositions to be determined in a stock holders’ meeting.

Prayer is one of the most valuable resources believers have to enhance their relationship with God. Although it is an easy tool to use, often the circumstances and conditions surrounding believers make it difficult to pray appropriately. The problem is that the limited, finite brain of people, make it impossible to see the “big picture” of God’s plan. It is for this reason that Paul reminded his readers that in our weakness, we have the Spirit to serve as our “prayer proxy.” The Holy Spirit knows our hearts and minds better than we know ourselves and can intercede for us with groans beyond our ability to express. Sometimes prayer through the Spirit is the only way we can pray with the kind of informed mind that enhances our relationship with God.