Spirit of Supplication!
“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication” Zechariah 12:10).
The Spirit of supplication is a great blessing which God gives you graciously. Supplication from yourself differs from the supplications made with the influence and guidance of the Holy Spirit in you. That prayer will be very powerful. The Lord God will answer it immediately. Is it not?
What does the word ‘supplication’ mean? The tearful prayer made because of the unbearable betrayals and mental worries, bursts out from the heart and this is what is known as supplication. When others speak lies and prick your heart, you fall down in the presence of God with a broken heart and in this situation God provides you with the spirit of supplication.
When David fell in sin and was pieced in heart, he felt extremely sad for committing such a great sin and for grieving God that way. He lamented whether God would forgive him and broken-heartedly he wrote, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:17).
In the Old Testament, the supplication is comparable to the balm of myrrh. When a myrrh tree is torn with a sharp knife, the balm drains out from it. Though this balm is bitter in taste, it is soft and has a great fragrance. It is added to the spices and thus creates good fragrance before God.
Hannah who was in great distress for being childless is a good example of this. Peninnah, the second wife of Elkanah had a child and thus teased Hannah and saddened her. So, Hannah ran to the presence of God in the bitterness of soul, prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish” (I Samuel 1:10).
Hannah told Eli, the priest, “No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord” (I Samuel 1:13-15). Dear children of God, combine the Holy Spirit with you when you pray. “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 1:20).
What happens then? “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).
To meditate: “He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:27).