Pray In The Spirit

We have to engage the enemy that attacks us using the proper weapons. 

But sometimes we are so overwhelmed we don’t even know what to pray. There are times when words fail and human intelligence fumbles with the articulation of what it is we need. When life knocks the breath out of you, God understands the words contained in a single tear. When words fail, we can rely on the Holy Spirit to pray through us. Relying on the Spirit to pray “builds up” your spirit man in the places where you need it most.

“We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” Romans 8:26-27

When we pray in the Spirit, the Spirit of God intercedes for us according to whatever God's will is. 

Back up a little. The verse says that the Holy Spirit searches our hearts. Since the Spirit of God searches our hearts, He already understands what we don’t even know how to put into words. He knows what we want, we need, how we hurt and what we long for…he searches every feeling we have! Think about that. He is acquainted with every part of you intimately. The Spirit of God also knows His will for our lives. God’s Spirit aligns our heart’s desires and God’s will, and prays that for that to come to pass!

The Spirit of God prays for what we need and aligns our hearts with His own. We don’t have to be afraid of God’s will. If we desire something that really isn’t Gods best, then the Spirit gives us the ability to let go of what we think we want so we can receive something so much better.

Spiritual Warfare

When you pray in the Spirit, no demon can understand you. This gives you the advantage on the battlefield. Praying in the Spirit is communicating directly to God – you are speaking mysteries. When you pray in the Spirit, you are getting out the big guns!

“For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy….For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding"
(1 Corinthians 14:2-5, 14:14-15)

This verse is saying that in our repertoire of spiritual warfare, praying in the Spirit has an important place, along with prophesying and praying so that people can understand. This verse also says outright that praying in the Spirit is the same as praying in tongues, and that praying in the Spirit (or tongues) builds you up. Like a house built on the rock that stands when the storm comes, we should pray in the Spirit to build up our spiritual “walls.”

An Example:
“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” 
Jude 1:20

Many theologians feel that Hannah was praying in the Spirit in 1 Samuel 1:12-16. Her lips moved, but no sound was heard, and the man of God, Eli, mistakenly thought she was drunk.

Hannah was in such distress that she didn’t know what she should pray for. The Spirit prayed through her. Her heart’s desire was for a child, and God’s will was to give her one. That’s why we never need to be afraid of God’s will. If God ever tells us no…. its only because He has something better. Sometimes He says “not now.” Hannah asked specifically for a boy and she received one. The promises of God are yes and amen. Everyone who asks, receives; who seeks, finds; and who knocks, it is opened to them!

Hannah was being attacked in every way. She had been torn down as a woman and as a wife – the very fabric of her identity. She desperately needed God. She needed a way to pray directly to God without Satan being able to intercept what she was saying. So her method was to pray in the Spirit.

We have been equipped with an arsenal of spiritual weapons for our victory! Prayer is not the only fellowship with God – it is spiritual warfare! Praying in the Spirit is direct communication with God in the moments when we need Him the most. We can pray in the Spirit to be edified and built back up when we have been hurt or wounded. When you don’t know what to pray, do battle in prayer – let the Spirit of God pray through you. He will proclaim the victory for you!

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