Richard Roberts and I wants to share a story to you. Romans 8:28 NKJV is familiar to many: All things work together for good. It doesn’t say that all things are good, but that they work to-gether for good.
Think of it like cake batter. If you eat the flour by itself—yuck! If you eat the raw eggs by themselves—yuck! But when the ingredi-ents are mixed, they work together for some-thing good…when you finish the process and bake it!
We often neglect the “baking” part of the above Scripture: …to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His pur-pose. For things to work together for good, Richard Roberts including us must have to finish the process and acknowledge that God is our Source and our first love.
The years that I, Richard Roberts, have been President of Oral Roberts University have been full of struggle. I’ve often faced insurmountable odds, and there have been times when people were certain that I would fail and the university would close. But they overlooked the Holy Spirit who dwells in me. Now they are patting me on the back and telling me what a great job I’m doing. Of course, it’s not Richard Roberts; it’s the Holy Spirit!
God didn’t intend for us to face the world and its trials by ourselves. That’s why Jesus said in John 14:16-18, I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. With the hectic lives most of us lead, we need “a comfort zone” a haven of tranquility and rest, a place where we can escape the turmoil surrounding us. And God has provided such a place of power and restoration.
The Holy Spirit is your comfort zone! When everything seems to be crumbling around you…when you’re in the middle of some hellish trial…by the miracle power of God, the Holy Spirit can give you the comfort and strength you need to pull out of the mess you’re facing. Ask God for the comfort and power of the Holy Spirit, and see what a difference it can make!
If you’re like me, you don’t always know exactly how to pray for certain situations. But thank God, He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us when we don’t know what to pray.
Romans 8:26 NKJV says, 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.
When we pray in tongues, we’re connecting with the Holy Spirit. And that means we’re connecting to a higher realm than we’re capable of in our flesh. The spirit realm is a higher dimension. It’s a dimension where our minds can’t mess things up, and we can pray in the perfect will of God. When Richard Roberts and I pray, I want to pray the will of God, not my own thoughts and opinions.
My father-in-law, Oral Roberts, says it this way: When you pray in the spirit by praying in tongues, your limited mind is put on hold and your spirit opens up to the unlimited resources of God.
When you pray in your limited human understanding, you can only go so far. But when you tap into God’s perfect will through praying in the spirit, you are availing yourself of His unlimited power. Richard Roberts and I believes that praying in the spirit takes you out of your own understanding and connects you to the realm of the supernatural. There is power in that!