Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 4 Study # 2
January 22, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<374> Introduction: In our last study we looked into the fact that Paul deliberately used the metaphor of an illness in order to introduce us to the intercessory ministry of the Spirit on our behalf. In that study we saw that there is a metaphorical analogy between a viral, or bacterial, attack upon our bodies and the methods of the Evil One in his attacks upon our Lives (as a composition of the physical, emotional, and spiritual elements that make "Life" what it is). In that study we saw that we are "ill" in that our Lives are under a serious and powerful onslaught of the Evil One. And we saw that the Holy Spirit, as an Intercessor, is God's answer to the problem. Because God says, through Paul's letter, that the answer is to be found in the intercessory ministry of the Spirit on our behalf, we have to conclude that "prayer" is a key methodology in the experience of the Life of God. As a methodology, it cannot be relegated to the sidelines where it becomes only a "substitute" when one of the "first stringers" is incapacitated. But, as a methodology, it can never become more than simply a means to an end. In other words, prayer is not the objective, it is simply the critical means to the objective. This evening we are going to look further into this ministry of the Spirit as Intercessor in order to attempt to see what is driving all of this doctrine.