John Piper on the Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts

I found this “Ask Pastor John” response to be encouraging. The question was, “Is the Holy Spirit underemphasized in Evangelical circles?” What I found helpful was Piper’s illustration of a the person who has praying about a moral or physical struggle for years but has not received an answer. Piper postulates that part of the answer could be not asking others to pray for you, because if those others have spiritual gifts of healing or discernment (and you don’t), they could be the exact means through which God desires to answer your prayer.

After reading this transcript and watching the clip, I found myself wanting to talk to a friend about some matters that have been weighing heavily on my heart and asking him to pray for me. That’s what encouragement is all about — giving us courage to do things that otherwise we are hesitant to do.


About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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