Thursday, November 5, 2020

The Power of The Holy Spirit In our Lives

 Thursday, November 5, 2020 

Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26-27

We have been talking a lot about prayer in the past few weeks. Praying, and praying in the Spirit, is vital to our growth in Christ, as well as our response in every area of our life. Praying in the Spirit is also God’s way of working His will in and through our lives. With the power and help of the Holy Spirit, we are ushered into God’s presence, and He is with us in our lives.

What Praying in the Spirit Is Not

What does it mean to pray in the Spirit? Let’s start with what praying in the Spirit is not:

Praying in the Spirit is not always an emotional experience. Do not think that if you are not weeping profusely you must not have been praying in the Spirit.

Praying in the Spirit is not praying with our head or our heart only. The Holy Spirit is there to help us in our weakness, through no power of our own. If we think we need to control how things go with our head or heart, this is relying on our flesh and our own ability. When we pray in the Spirit, we are resting in His power.

Praying in the Spirit does not require saying many words, or using flowery speech, or big spiritual terms. It is not about how long or how short your prayer is. It is not about how great you think you sound. It is about opening your heart to your God with the help of your Holy Spirit.

Praying in the Spirit is not about looking like or sounding like someone else. Prayer is a very personal, individual thing, just like worship. Some people like to move and raise their hands when they sing, and some do not. It is a personal thing. You pray and talk to God in the way you feel comfortable. You don’t need to stand a certain way or sound like someone else you have heard. God does not want that either. He wants YOU, just as you are.

What Praying In The Spirit Is

To pray in the Spirit is to admit our inability to pray effectively without Him. We need the Holy Spirit, and Jesus knew we would which is why He told us He was giving us the Holy Spirit to be with us when His time on earth was over.

To pray in the Spirit is to seek and receive the presence of God within us – invite Him in, emptying out “self” to allow Him to take control.

To pray in the Spirit is to be moved and guided by the Spirit in prayer. Be willing to let Him lead you. Open your heart and mind to His promptings and follow them.

Truly I can say that regularly I have circumstances in my life that I don’t always know exactly how to pray for. The Holy Spirit knows exactly what needs to be said and He goes before God on my part. The Holy Spirit enhances our prayer life and gives power that we will never know of if we don’t use the gift of the Spirit. We can rely on the Spirit to help us, and we can pray with the confidence of knowing that He will make our needs known in a way we cannot do at times. What a comfort and an amazing gift we have in the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives!

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