I find that the longer and closer we walk with the Lord the greater the joy, peace, and outright excitement I have for living my life as close to God’s plan for me as I possibly can. I’m not, nor will I ever be a perfect Christian but when Jesus says
“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”
Matthew 11:30 (NIV)
He was not trivializing the effort for us to walk in his light. We all have highs and lows but as we walk the path that God has called us to, each day is a little brighter, those burdens we have seem lighter, and then on the bad days we have the comfort of the Lord with us knowing we never ever walk alone.
Dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith. Let the Holy Spirit guide and help you when you pray. The mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ will bring you eternal life. As you wait for his mercy, remain in God's love.
Jude 1:20-21 (NIRV)
“build yourselves up in your most holy faith.” … We do a lot of this here on CLM if you think about. When one brings a prayer request others are here to partition the Lord for his grace and mercy. When we share with each other and pray for each other we build up ourselves and each other in the faith.
“Let the Holy Spirit guide and help you when you pray.” …. This is something those who have not embraced a walk with God just don’t get; how being guided and following the Lord can be the very definition of freedom for a believer. And the part about helping when we pray is such a powerful element here. Personally I tend to be a bit clumsy when I pray publicly for a time I was a bit embarrassed by that till I read something that I’d read time and time again prior but it never really sunk in like it did then.
In the same way, the Holy Spirit helps us when we are weak. We don’t know what we should pray for. But the Spirit himself prays for us. He prays with groans too deep for words.
Romans 8:26 (NIRV)
So, when we don’t have the words to express our hearts the Holy Spirit is there to fill in the gaps and make our conversation fitting to God. And I’m not just talking about public prayer like me with my clumsy prayers, no… no that is just the least of what the Holy Spirit does for us in prayer.
The times when all we can muster in our hearts is a short plea of “Lord!!!! Please help!”; the Holy Spirit takes that humble prayer and the content of our heart and conveys the beautiful essence to God the Father on our behalf.
So the song writer wrote:
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.