The Secret Of A Real Prayer Life
 
By J. Stuart Holden

    The great subject of prayer, that comprehensive need of the Christian’s life, is intimately bound up in the personal fullness of the Holy Spirit. It is by the one Spirit we have access unto the Father (Eph. 2:18), and by the same Spirit, having entered the audience chamber through the "new and living way," we are enabled to pray in the will of God (Rom. 8:15, 26-27; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 6:18; Jude 20-21).

    Here is the secret of prevailing prayer, to pray under a direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit, whose petitions for us and through us are always according to the divine purpose, and hence certain of answer. "Praying in the Holy Ghost" is but co-operating with the will of God, and such prayer is always victorious. How many Christians there are who cannot pray, and who seek by effort, resolve, joining prayer circles, etc., to cultivate themselves the "holy art of intercession," and all to no purpose. Here for them and for all is the only secret of a real prayer life – "Be filled with the Spirit," who is "the Spirit of grace and supplication."

    All guidance in the pathway of the will of God is also the direct work of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:14). To the obedient soul there is no perplexity as to the next step, for there is no uncertainty in the voice of the Comforter, and He unerringly guides those whose lives He controls in the pathway of true blessedness. But He does not guide where He does not govern. If you would know His certain guidance in all the details of life (and it is in details that the need of divine guidance is greatest, for upon little things great issues so often depend) you must seek His fullness. You cannot know the influence apart from the indwelling.