Preacher's Pulpit by Dr. Joe Tims

Holy Spirit #6: Praying in the Spirit

Jude 20

INTRODUCTION

Praying in the Spirit is mentioned three times in scripture.

What should I do?

(1 Cor 14:15) "What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also."

(Eph 6:18) "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"

(Jude 20) "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,"

Some common questions related to this topic are,

What is praying in the Spirit?

How to pray in the Spirit?

Why we must pray in the Spirit?

I. WHAT IS PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT?

A. The Greek word translated "praying in" can have several different meanings. It can mean "by means of," "with the help of," "in the sphere of," and "in connection to."

B. Therefore in the context of this message, praying in the Spirit is praying according to the Spirit's leading (praying in alert to what's happening around us. and to this end be alert Praying with His help.

(Ephesians 6:18) "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"

II. HOW TO PRAY IN THE SPIRIT?

A. We should walk in the Spirit before seeking to pray in the Spirit

(Galatians 5:16-18) "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. (18) But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law."

B. Be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

(Ephesians 6:18) "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"

C. Alert as to what's happening around you and willing to intercede for others with all perseverance and requests for all the saints.

III. WHY DO WE NEED TO PRAY IN THE SPIRIT?

A. God is a Spirit. We can not connect with Him through our flesh,

(John 4:24) "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."

B. We don't really know what or how to pray effectively, but the Holy Spirit helps us.

(Romans 8:26-27) "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (27) And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

C. The word "infirmities" is an expression of humanity's limitations.

CONCLUSION

Prayer is a two way communication.

We need to connect with our heavenly Father when we pray.

This kind of prayer is achievable only through praying in the Spirit.

Don't rush your prayer. Take time to observe and response to the Spirit's leading.

Paul makes it clear that we are to pray and sing with understanding that others might be edified.

To pray with the Spirit is to allow the Spirit of God to control our prayer life.

To be in harmony with Him is to realize answered prayer.

He is our prayer partner...He is our intercessor.

He knows exactly what we need and will help us in our prayers.

Are you walking in the Spirit that you might be able to pray in the Spirit?