Key Passage: Zechariah 12:10-14
Key Text: Zechariah 12:10 – “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”
When I first became a Christian, I was greatly intimidated by some people’s eloquence, flow and depth in prayer. I used to wonder if I could ever pray like them. I felt so inadequate and would very rarely utter prayers in public. Many people no doubt feel this way. They feel they can’t pray. They don’t know how to pray. So they don’t pray or lead prayers. The truth is it is not the eloquence of prayer or the length of prayer that makes prayer effective, it is the level of grace on the vessel praying that makes the difference. And guess what? Those who feel they can’t pray, probably have greater grace on them to pray and get answers to prayers.
In the text today, we see that God Himself promised to pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and supplication. There is something quite profound here. God is the initiator of truly heartfelt prayers. He gives the grace and it is the grace that causes supplication, because the grace allows us to see things correctly and then we have the burden to pray.
It is the grace that allows people to see the crucified Lord, to see our filthiness and to see that the cross is the only way out of sin. Then that leads to repentance and a cry for help that comes from deep within, and only then can we truly accept the Lord into our hearts and be saved. It is impossible to be saved with the Spirit of grace showing you the crucified and resurrected Lord. Impossible. That is why no man can boast that they got saved because they did something special. It is not of human works, it is by grace and grace alone.
Have you seen the crucified Lord? Have you beheld the rugged cross? Then the Spirit of grace has visited you. The Spirit that also enables and empowers prayers. Next time you want to pray, ask God to release the Spirit of grace and supplication on you and then see how He would dramatically give you grace to pray. Actually, the human flesh hates prayers, so without the Spirit of grace and supplication, praying will be a chore and quite boring.
Let us pray: Father God, please pour upon me the Spirit of grace and supplication, so I can travail in prayers and pray in line with your will. Father, grant me to have a heart gripped by grace, so I can see accurately and have the right motivation in prayer. I thank you for answering my prayer in Jesus name. Amen.