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"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" - Galatians 2:20

Cherry Stevenson.

This subject has puzzled me in the past and for that reason I have chosen to research the scriptures to enable me to learn more about this important aspect of prayer – “Pray in the Spirit.”

Would you not agree that prayer is the greatest power that we have on earth? (1)  I wonder what it means to you to pray in the Spirit?

Firstly it is important that we, as Christians, (2) must read the Word of God with regularity.  Why? Because in (Jude 1:20 we read – “But you beloved build yourselves up (be founded) on your most holy faith (rise like an edifice higher and higher) praying in the Holy Spirit. Our foundation is Jesus Christ – the Word of God on which we build (Amplified Bible).

Take time to speak in prayer to God and wait for His response;  trust Him and walk in His ways;  We walk in the Spirit, live by the Spirit then surely we pray in the Spirit – it all goes hand in hand.

Be filled with hope with our eyes constantly on Jesus Christ until we have eternal life; be sensitive and compassionate to those who do not know Jesus.

Rom 8:9 – “But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.  Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.”    

If Christ lives in us then even though our natural bodies are dead because of sin and guilt, our spirit is alive.  Therefore if the Spirit of God who raised up Jesus from the dead lives in us then God will also restore to life our physical bodies through His Spirit who lives in you. 

Unbelievers cannot “pray in the Spirit” because the Spirit has to be in them for that to be possible.  He is living in you; you are not on your own.  So when you pray you will not concentrate on the things of this earth but you will think and mediate on the things of God.  God is Spirit, and so are we.  “Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Cor 2:11a) and the Spirit seeks the depths of divine knowledge for our benefit.

When we pray in the Spirit it must be according to the things of God.  You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss that you may spend it on your pleasures (James 4:3), that is to say to pray for the wrong motives you do not pray in faith.  (Heb.11:6) reminds us that without faith it is impossible to please God.   

We must realize that we must pray and ask according to the will of God.   We do not pray and also give the solution by which we believe God must answer.  I used to do this quite a lot till I came to realize at the prompting of the Spirit that I must ask according to God’s will and then leave it with Him.

We must learn to pray and ask the way it is recorded in scripture.  The way God works, not the way man works.  Therefore if you pray in the Spirit you must walk in the truth for the Spirit and the Word agree.

In I Peter 4:7 we are told to be solemn and vigilant in our prayers.  No distraction – just focused on God.  As you pray take time to listen.  God says “Be still and know that I am God” for in that quietness we can have peace in the presence of the Father.   The Spirit will make you aware of what the Father has done and still doing for you.  You become so grateful that praise and glory to the Father flow upwards like incense.

Have you ever wondered why it is easier to pray outside in the wonder of creation?  We read that Jesus prayed wherever he was, but we also note that many times He went alone up mountains and hillsides and gardens.  Many people find it beneficial to go on retreats. 

Patiently wait for the Spirit to give you the words to pray.  We are always in such a hurry to get out our petitions and then go on with our lives.   When we take the time, it makes all the difference to our prayers.  When we pray in the Spirit you know the difference.

Prayer is a conversation between us and God and who better to help us with our prayer than the Holy Spirit.  Prayer is important to the Christian in maintaining his spiritual walk with the Father.  In Romans 8:16 it speaks of the Holy Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that makes us the children of God, it gives us the privilege of calling God, “Abba Father.”   A very personal name that we can use for God the Father. 

If we walk in the Spirit by living freely, knowing we have the Fruit that He has given us we can have that intimate relationship between our spirit and the Holy Spirit who empowers our prayers.

The Holy Spirit indwells us and so enable us to pray.  Christian prayer is normally offered to the Father, through the Son, or “in his name” and in or at the instigation of the Spirit. (3)

God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit (John 4:24).

The Holy Spirit is always praying for us according to God’s plan for our lives.

 References:

 (1)            Zondervan 1994 Pastors Annual” –T T Crabtree (Page 378)

(2)            “The Mission of and Praying in the Holy Spirit” H A Ironside Page           (Page 2)

(3)            “I believe in the Holy Spirit – M Green (Page 110)

 

Categories: Article, Bible Study, Devotions

9 Responses so far.

  1. Yes will certainly do. This is a huge topic.I will certainly get onto it.

  2. We are a demand site now – so our supply will be more frequent. Keeping urself posted. More good stuff to come.

    • Byreezy says:

      Hi,

      Whats your thoughts on tongues and its association with praying in the spirit.

      Regards.

      • Hi Byreezy. Please allow me to apply Jesus’ technique when asked questions. Rather than give you a discourse on ‘tongues’ and ‘praying in the Spirit’ at the outset, may I ask you what your thoughts are on these subjects? Now I get you thinking! Thnx for you interest in EYW and trust that you are being blessed.

        • Byreezy says:

          Well its a subject I find myself very confused with. I understand speaking in tongues is a gift of the spirit. Reading your article ‘sort of’ answers that question-(I don’t need to have the gift of tongues to pray in the spirit). But it is always a subject I like to understand a bit better, and as I walk with Jesus Christ and learn more about him, is the gift of tongues something that I need to attain so as to draw closer to him???

          • Wow you seem really intent on knowing more about the Spirit life. I will attend to your inquiry in detail soon. BLessings.

          • Cherry Stevenson says:

            Hi Byreezy, I am the writer of the article “Praying in the Spirit” and our Chief Editor, Dawson Elliot has asked me to respond to your comments, “as I walk with Jesus and learn more about him, is the gift of tongues something that I need to attain so as to draw closer to him?

            Perhaps you could read I Corinthians 12 in total about Spiritual Gifts. Please note verse 11 “that all these are the work of one and the same Spirit and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.”

            The words “as he determines” means the Holy Spirit sovereignly determines which gift or gifts each believer should have. You do not need to “attain” any of the gifts because the Holy Spirit, as mentioned above, is the one who gives out the gifts. What’s important to realise is that we are to use those gifts for the benefit of the church. Ask yourself what a gift is….it is something that is freely given

            I believe if we read the Bible, study it, meditate on it, live it and share it with others; pray on a regular basis, study, we will come to know what Jesus wants of us and we will draw closer to him. Attaining that, is what is important! It’s like a cookbook, you can open it up, look at the words and photos and then close it up. What satisfaction did you get from the action. Rather it is important to actually try and cook what is explained in the book, at the same time, experiencing the texture, the smells, as it changes from raw materials to end product, the taste – now you know what cooking is! Remember application is very important.

            If you do these things you will then know how to use the gift you have been given. It is given to someone only in the sense that God choses to act through that one person for others.

            Verse 7 says “to each one the manifestation….given for a common good.” Every member of the body of Christ has been given some spiritual gift that’s evidence of the Spirit’s working in their lives. All the gifts are intended to build up the members of the Christian community. They are not to be used for selfish advantage, as some in the Corinthian community apparently were doing.

            I hope, even though lengthy, this answers your question.

            Best wishes
            Cherry

  3. Byreezy says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for the informative response it truly is a blessing this website, and my prayers are with you all. I have learnt much.

    Kind regards,

    B.

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