Praying in the Spirit activates the grace of God to pray perfect prayers in any situation. These prayers go beyond our own agendas and beyond our rational understanding.
When we pray in the Spirit, divine insight enlightens our hearts so that we can hit the mark when we pray.
Praying in the Spirit With Eager Expectation
The book of Jude has only one chapter, but it is full of revelation and divine insight about praying in the Spirit:
"But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life" (Jude 20-21, NASB).
The wording catches my attention: "waiting anxiously." That does not contradict the Scriptures about casting your anxieties upon the Lord (see 1 Pet. 5:7, Phil. 4:6, Matt. 6:25-34).
"Waiting anxiously" means waiting with expectation, hardly being able to contain your eagerness. Praying in the Spirit releases a supernatural atmosphere and enables you to walk continuously in the love of God.
Another interesting fact about this passage is that it says you are supposed to build yourself up. You cannot wait for others to do so, and you cannot wait for God to make it happen.
Every one of us ebbs in our faith, but we can also grow in it. Even when we feel too low to figure out how to pray, we can pray in the Spirit.
The Spirit Himself will always help us:
"Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses, 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. He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God" (Rom. 8:26-27, MEV).
It is true. We do not know how to pray as we should. We need fresh manna. We need to drop our agendas in favor of the Lord's. If we want to know what is on His heart, one of the easiest ways to open the way is to pray in the Spirit.
The gift of tongues brings rest for the weary and refreshing peace. Indeed, "For with stammering lips and foreign tongue He will speak to this people" (Isa. 28:11). And His unsurpassed peace quiets our spirits, which creates a perfect incubation environment for more revelation.
Let's seek divine insight purposefully by praying in the Spirit.
Let the Hand of God Come Upon You
In Hebrew there is a word for "hand" that refers to the burden of the Lord: massa.
This word refers specifically to the way the Lord's presence comes upon you and imparts something so that even when His hand lifts, the burden remains.
This is how prophetic intercession works—divine insight comes to inform powerful prayers.
Here is what James the apostle wrote about the burden of prayer in his epistle:
"The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much. Elijah was a man subject to natural passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the sky gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit" (James 5:16b-18).
Never put limits on what God can do, even through an ordinary person like you!
A Prayer for Divine Insight
Heavenly Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I ask for an increase of divine insight as I pray in the Spirit. Let Your hand come upon me and let the burden of the Lord be deposited with me. I ask for greater clarity, revelation and discernment to pray fervent, effective prayers. Thank you, Lord. Amen and Amen!
James W. Goll is the president of God Encounters Ministries and has traveled around the world sharing the love of Jesus, imparting the power of intercession, prophetic ministry and life in the Spirit. He has recorded numerous classes with corresponding study guides and is the author of more than 40 books, including The Seer, The Lost Art of Intercession, The Coming Israel Awakening and The Lifestyle of a Prophet. James is the father of four wonderful children with a growing number of grandchildren and makes his home in Franklin, Tennessee.
Dr. James Goll is the founder of Encounters Network, Prayer Storm and helps carry on the work of Compassion Acts. For information on his online school visit: geteschool.com. James continues to live in Tennessee and is a joyful father and grandfather today.
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