Sunday, May 1, 2005

The Benefits of Praying in the Spirit

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)

He who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. (1 Corinthians 14:2)

He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself. (1 Corinthians 14:4)

But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. (Jude 20)

What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. (1 Corinthians 14:15)
When we pray in the Spirit, our worship is inspired because the Holy Spirit leads us in perfect praise. Worship is a spiritual activity, that is, a Holy Spirit directed activity. No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3).

When we pray in the Spirit, He reveals mysteries to us (1 Corinthians 14:4). The Holy Spirit takes the things that belong to Jesus and reveals them to us. (John 16:15)

When we pray in the Spirit, we are not limited by our own understanding because the Holy Spirit knows the mind of God (1 Corinthians 2:11).

When we pray in the Spirit, we give thanks to God well (1 Corinthians 14:17).

When we pray in the Spirit, our prayers are focused because the Holy Spirit is not distracted.

When we pray in the Spirit, our prayers are pure because the Holy Spirit has pure motives.

When we pray in the Spirit, our prayer is effective and powerful because the Holy Spirit knows exactly what to pray.

When we pray in the Spirit, we are built up, because the Holy Spirit is the one who strengthens our faith. Faith comes by hearing, hearing by the Word of God, and the Word of God comes by inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Lay hold on God’s great gift of praying in the Spirit and let Him bring fresh fire to your prayer life.