Prayer 2021 - June 23 - What is Praying in the Spirit
Scripture For Today:
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
What is Praying in the Spirit?
We have been studying about the Holy Spirit’s presence as a helper in our prayer time. Yesterday, we touched on praying with inarticulate speech and groanings in the spirit.
But, just what does it mean to be “praying in the Spirit?” So, I figured I would touch on that today.
Many times, we are so busy in our own personal lives, our natural minds are swamped with so many things, we let the natural start to control our Spiritual thoughts. This will stop us from operating of being in a constant state of prayer, as Jesus taught us to do.
That does not mean you are going to be walking around praying 24 hours per day. But we should be in a constant state of communication with God, listening for His promptings as we go through our daily life.
Ephesians 6:18 tells us, “Praying always, with all prayer and supplication IN the Spirit…”
Notice the phrase, “…in the Spirit.” Christian are doing a lot of praying sometimes, but not too much of it “in the Spirit.” Many people are just going through the motions of prayer.
What does it mean to be “praying in the Spirit?” As I said, praying in the Spirit is prayer that comes out of your inner man – your spirit – rather than out of your mind. It is prayer inspired and directed by the Holy Spirit, whether in a known or unknown language.
We know that tongues can and should be used in prayer.
I Corinthians 14:2 says, “For he that speaks in an unknown tongue does not speak unto men, but unto God: for no man understands him; howbeit, in the Spirit, he speaks mysteries…”
Prophecy can be used in prayer, too. Prophecy is an inspired utterance in a known tongue. Tongues is an inspired utterance in an UNKNOWN tongue. Both prophecy and tongues are inspirational gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Prophecy is speaking supernaturally out of your spirit as the Holy Spirit gives utterances in a known tongue. Diverse kinds of tongues is speaking out of your spirit by the Holy Spirit in an unknown tongue – unknown to you, that is.
Prophecy is equivalent to tongues and the interpretation of tongues. Tongues and the interpretation of tongues is prophecy in its varied manifestation. Both are inspired utterances.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:5, “…greater is he that prophesies than he that speaks with tongues, except he interprets, that the church may receive edifying.”
This means that if a person speaks in tongues and interprets, he is on the same level, Spiritually, as he who prophesies. If words mean anything, that is what Paul is saying here.
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