THEME: PRAY IN THE SPIRIT
Jude 1:20-21 NKJV
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
-Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness (Genesis 15:6), and he was called the father of faith. He obeyed God when he was tested and he overcame and was a friend of God, from whom the Lord has chosen us (Isaiah 41:8), as his seeds according to the promise. If we believe in Jesus Christ we have the promise of eternal life (John 3:16). We are then called to believe in God and continual prayer in the Spirit for self-edification as we build up of our faith. Also, persisting in loving attitude and behavior for God and human kind through the Holy Spirit.
Praying in the spirit is prayer with divine help from the Holy Spirit. It is trusting in God, having faith in Him and His guidance to hear, understand, and act according to His will. Sometimes we can set our hearts and minds to a time of prayer and still pray amis. That is why we need the help of the Holy Spirit when we pray, so that our prayers may not be hindered (James 4:3). Before we progress into deep prayer, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us to pray according to His will. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness and when we do not know what we ought to pray for, the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through groanings that cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26). Praying in the Spirit is a gift to be received through faith in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit gives us the gift of the speaking in tongues and when we pray, we pray in tongues. He fills us and we begin to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gives us utterance (Acts 2:4). Brethren are therefore able to pray in and through the Holy Spirit. Both are mutually exclusive. When we pray in the Spirit on all occasions with every kind of prayer and request, we need to be alert in mind even though distractions may come (Ephesians 6:18). Prayer in the Spirit, helps us to built up in faith (Jude 1:20). Let us always remember to prayer in the spirit as the Holy Spirit leads us.
Dear Almighty God we come before Your throne of grace with confidence that You may help us in times of need. We thank You for all You have done for us and unto us. We thank You for Your mercies that are new and fresh every morning. We humbly ask You to help us when we pray that we may always pray according to Your will. May You increase our faith and teach us to be obedient to You and hearken to Your voice always. We appreciate You Jehovah for who You are in our lives. May You bless us LORD and keep us. May You make Your face shine upon us and be gracious to us. May You lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: Romans 8:35-39, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18