The work of the Holy Spirit is an awesome mystery for us. Because of the way these spiritual gifts are given to us and manifested in individuals, it is better to provide a description rather than a narrow, one-size-fits-all definition. Like the spiritual gifts assessment, these descriptions are not definitive but paint a beautiful tapestry of the Holy Spirit at work in God’s people.
The spiritual gift that enables the receiver to pray consistently on behalf of others with a belief that prayer is heard and that, when requests are made, answers will come.
People with this gift are usually: caring, sincere, trustworthy, advocating, burden-bearing, spiritually-sensitive.
Cautions for people with this gift: feeling that their gift is not valued; diminishing the spiritual contribution to the body of Christ that comes from this ministry; using prayer as an escape from fulfilling responsibilities.
Biblical references: Matthew 6:6–15, Luke 11:1–10, Ephesians 6:18