Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2

Booting Up Prayer

Booting Up Prayer


Pray from your heart. You may be reluctant to pray because you feel inadequate or simply don’t know how or what to pray. Is there something that causes a heaviness in your mind or emotions? On the other hand, are you full of Joy? Start there. Speak these things to God. Be unreserved and pour them out to God.

Worship, praise and thanksgiving should always be a part of our prayers. If you do not know where to start in your prayers, begin with this biblical launching pad.  The best way to inaugurate worship in your heart and prayers is to open the Bible and fill your mind with God’s Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you. Read out loud to God and soon you will be engaged in a one-on-one worship and prayer service.

Wherever you find yourself in your worship, emotions, Bible study, burdens or celebrations, release it all to God in prayer without holding back. Charles Spurgeon reveals that this is more important than refined speech, amount of content, organization of thought or the finest prayer resume. He said, “True prayer is measured by weight not length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length.”

The Holy Spirit is our example. Romans 8:26b-27 says, “…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. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”  The Holy Spirit’s intercession for us is with groans that can go deeper and farther than words. His prayers are with depth of heart, power and truth more than impressive speech.

It seems that the Holy Spirit “has our back” from every direction. His help when we are weak includes empowering us in prayer. He prays on our behalf when we don’t know what to pray. He groans within us and lays his heart over our hearts in prayer and brings us to pray in truth because believers in Christ “have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16b) and the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9-11) making possible the continual filling of the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 4:18b) God will answer our prayers because he knows our hearts and because the Holy Spirit will lead us to pray and will pray on our behalf according to God’s will. Be encouraged in prayer. When you are on the mountain or in the trenches or when you don’t know where to start, be unrestrained. Cry out to God. The Holy Spirit will hear you, He will lead you, He will bless you in the throne room of God. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care