Praying in the Spirit
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. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27). Praying in the spirit is one of the most effective ways that we can pray. It plugs us directly into the spirit realm where we can be efficient in praying out the purpose and will of God for people and circumstances. Mental praying is limited to your scope of understanding of a situation. But praying in the spirit takes you into God’s understanding and all-knowing bout things. Then while you’re praying in the spirit words will often float up to your mind from your spirit. Speak those words out and you’ll sometimes receive the interpretation of what you’re praying. As I’ve mentioned over the last couple of days, we believers are the only people on earth that have a legal, God-given right to exercise authority over Satan and his forces. This authority does no good unless it is put into practice by us. It does not work automatically. Many believers are bound by the enemy because no one told them that they are free from his control and shown them how to take their rightful place in Christ. Knowing your authority gives you a certain prayer responsibility before the Father. He wants you to take that responsibility and use your authority to command Satan to loose his hold on men and women. Praying with the spirit and with the understanding combined can make you a tool in the hands of the Father that is dangerous to the kingdom of darkness. Take time today to pray in the spirit. Here’s some practical instruction. It takes time to get into the flow of prayer when praying in the spirit. John was “in the spirit” on the Lord ’s Day in Revelation 1:10. That means he became more sensitive to spiritual things than mental or natural things. It takes time to get there. For me, it used to take me over an hour of praying in the spirit to get sensitive to the spirit realm and calm my thoughts down. Now it takes me anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes. Once you get to that place, it seems as though there is an easy flow of pray, and you can sense that the Spirit of God is working together with you. And in that place, your mind and spirit begin to work together to ask the Father’s intervention in the lives of people and in their circumstances. The result for your own life is a deep penetrating peace and exquisite joy that is deep and almost beyond words. The result in others is changed lives. Take your place today and pray in the spirit and allow the Father to work with you to exercise authority over the work of the enemy. You’ll be glad you did.