• to accompany and be with us.
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go
not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto
• to look after and care for us.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Gal.5:22-23).
• to direct and guide us.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Ro.8:14).
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for
he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he
will show you things to come” (Jn.16:13).
• to assure and comfort us.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my
name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, what-
soever I have said unto you” (Jn.14:26).
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received
the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness
with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of
God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also
glorified together” (Ro.8:15-17).
• to pray and intercede for us.
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should
pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings
which cannot be uttered” (Ro.8:26).
Thought 1. God does answer prayer.
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive”
“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye
receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mk.11:24).
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified
in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (Jn.14:13-14).
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be
done unto you” (Jn.15:7).
“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy
may be full” (Jn.16:24).
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and up-
braideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he
that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (Jas.1:5-6).
“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and
do those things that are pleasing in his sight” (1 Jn.3:22).
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to
his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we
have the petitions that we desired of him” (1 Jn.5:14-15).
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and
seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will for-
give their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chron.7:14).
“He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliv-
er him, and honor him” (Ps.91:15).
“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for
thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them” (Is.41:17).
“Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say,
Here I am” (Is.58:9).
“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet
speaking, I will hear” (Is.65:24).
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which
thou knowest not” (Jer.33:3).
“They shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they
shall say, The LORD is my God” (Zech.13:9).
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