Last week I wrote about praying the Scripture and how that coming into agreement with God’s Word releases the power of God in your lives. This week I want to share an excerpt from my new book, The Altar of His Presence. If you are interested in purchasing a copy or several copies of this dynamic new devotional study visit our online store at: www.thealtarofhispresence.com.
PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18
We have learned that the altar was ﬁrst a place where stones were piled, where wood was laid, and a sacriﬁce was oﬀered. The Lord Jesus Christ laid down His life on the Cross as the supreme sacriﬁce thus becoming an altar’ed Person. Now, as altar’ed people it is important for us to pray in the Spirit on all occasions.
Praying in the Spirit can include the Holy Spirit interceding for us, the Holy Spirit enabling us, or the Holy Spirit speaking from us. Sometimes He prays with groans that words cannot express (see Rom. 8:26-27). At other times He gives the utterance or ability to pray in an unknown language or tongue (see Acts 1:4). Praying in the Spirit will always build a believer up in their most holy faith (see Jude 1:20).
Praying in the Spirit is the last piece of the armor of God listed by Paul in his Ephesian letter. Each of us must stand against the devil’s schemes. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Along with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace and the shield of faith, we must take up the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Praying in the Spirit enables us to evaluate and determine satan’s line of attack as well as enabling us to stand against all assaults (see Eph. 6:10-18).
The Spirit enables us because He knows what we ought to pray for. He searches our hearts and knows the mind of God because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will (see Rom. 8:26-27). Each activity is performed by the power and enabling of the Holy Spirit. In the most practical terms it means that the Holy Spirit inspires, guides, energizes, and sustains our praying. Paul prayed that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ would give us the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of our hearts enlightened so that we may know what is the hope to which he has called us, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us obedience because obedience is not optional in the kingdom life.
Praying in the Spirit necessitates a relationship with the Spirit. Our praying relationship cannot be founded on only making requests of Him but on learning His ways. Begin by praying for wisdom and revelation, then pray through a passage of the Bible. Take time for the Spirit to emphasize or illuminate a word or phrase. Concentrate on what He is revealing and pray accordingly. Ask Him to pray through you. Open yourself to His leading, His language, and His Presence. Wait on Him. Rest in Him. Pray in the Spirit. Embrace and enjoy, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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