With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit. Eph. 6:18
Do we pray in the Spirit at all times? We should. And we can. But what does it mean to pray in the Spirit? The Spirit is God's gift to us to help us to have the mind of Christ, to become one with the Father, to pray according to His will. We have the Holy Spirit, God Himself in all His fullness, indwelling us to help us when we pray.
We do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain. God can see what is in people's hearts. And he knows what is in the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit speaks to God for his people in the way God wants. Romans 8:26-27 (NCV)
Praying in the Spirit is letting our mind be controlled by Christ. It is the opposite of being carnally minded or worldly minded. Jude 1:19,20 (NIV) talks about men "who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit." We are not to be like them, but are to build ourselves up in our most holy faith and "pray in the Holy Spirit." We are to walk in the Spirit, to be filled with the Spirit and to pray in, with, and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"-- but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 1 Corinthians 2:9-13 (NNAS)
Ephesians 5:18 tells us to "be filled with the Spirit." If we ask, God will fill us with His Spirit.
"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?" Luke 11:13 (NIV)
Let us continue to pray for one another in the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit, so that together we might continue the work that Christ began, together we might accomplish the Father's will.
I pray that God will bless you abundantly and fill you completely with His Holy Spirit.
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18 (NNAS)
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