Praying in the Spirit Jude 20; Ephesians 6:18
The Holy Spirit is the Source and Sustainer of our spiritual life.
“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” Galatians 5:25
Since prayer is represented in Scripture as an essential factor in progress in the Christian life, it is not surprising to find that the Spirit of God is deeply involved in this ministry.
Praying in the Spirit is mentioned two times in Scripture.
Ephesians 6:18 says, “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.” Jude 20 says, “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.”
So, what exactly does it mean to pray in the Spirit?
1. It means to pray in harmony with the Word of God, which He has inspired. He does not speak with two voices. He will never move us to pray for something that is not sanctioned by Scripture.
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15
2. It means we pray in dependence on the Spirit's help.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26
3. It means we can pray the prayers in the Scriptures.
Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice. Psalm 55:17