Praying in the Spirit
Prayer can be as simple as talking to God but it may not seem so simple to some when we are talking about tongues. I think two scriptures that will pretty much answer anything we want to know about prayer are Ephesians 6:18 and John 15:7.
John 15:7 (NIV)
“If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
John 15:7 teaches us that if we pray according to the Word, what we ask in our prayers will be done for us. In other words, if we’re not praying according to God’s Word then we cannot expect our prayers to be answered. This makes it very key for us to be familiar with the Word so that we know what to ask for when we pray. We are in the dark if we don’t know what God’s Word says. The unfolding of Your words gives light (Psalm 119:130).
1 Corinthians 14:2 (NIV)
“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.”
1 Corinthians 14:2 tells us that “he that speaks in an unknown tongue” is talking to God. When we pray in tongues, we are praying in the Spirit, which no man understands, only God does. Often, we don’t know how to pray for a situation unless the Lord shows us or gives us revelation. I think many of us haven’t taken advantage enough of being led by the Spirit in prayer. If we run out of words to pray and we just stop there, our prayer life will be limited by what we know. But remember, God knows everything, and He knows what we don’t know. Praying in other tongues is a way to pray for things that you wouldn’t otherwise know needed prayer.
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
“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 Lord’s people.”
Ephesians 6:18 teaches that we are to pray in the Spirit. Although this includes praying in tongues, it also means that the Holy Spirit will lead us in how and what to pray. It may appear differently at different times. There can be two similar situations, but the Holy Spirit might lead you to pray in a certain way for one and in another way for the other. We may not always know the reason why we should pray in a certain way, but it is important to follow the leading of the Spirit because He’ll show you the best way to pray concerning your situation.
I read somewhere about a testimony regarding a man who was about to preach the Word in an auditorium. This man was about to get up to the pulpit to start when suddenly he had a burden in his heart to pray for someone. He got up and told the crowd that he needed to pray and that they should pray with him. He knelt down and started praying in tongues earnestly for at least 45 minutes. Then when he finally had peace about whatever he was praying about, he began to laugh and sing quietly to himself. Then later that day, he received a call from a young lady whose mother had been a great supporter of the ministry for many years. There had been an explosion in a refinery at 3pm in the afternoon and the young lady’s father was caught in there with 17 other men. It had been six and a half hours and they were still trapped with the fire still raging on. The young lady was now calling this man to pray for the safety of his father and the other 17 men. But then he started laughing because he knew that he had already prayed about it earlier in the auditorium and that all the people would be all right. The next early morning at 1:30am, they received a phone call saying that all the 18 men were safe.
Praise God for such a victory! This really is a lesson on how important it is to pray when the Spirit leads us to do so, because we never know how God is going to use us to pray for needs to be met and lives to be saved. Now that we are aware of how powerful and amazing praying in the Spirit can be, I encourage you not to hesitate to follow the promptings of the Spirit and to become more prayer-full. This would draw us so much closer to God and His heart.
Let us pray.
“Heavenly Father, thank You for this knowledge that I can pray in the Spirit to claim victory in so many areas. Thank You that You know what I don’t and You want to help me. Remind me how powerful praying in the Spirit is and that it would help me cover the things in my life that need prayer that I am not even aware of. Also, teach me to be more sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit so that I can respond to Him. Lord, I commit to meditate on Your Word so that all that I ask and pray for are aligned with Your will. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to be a Helper and Counselor to me. I am extremely grateful to You, O Lord. In Jesus’ Name I Pray. Amen.”