Praying in The Spirit – Scripture

Background

Unfortunately, praying in the spirit can be misunderstood.

 

Areas of Misunderstanding

Outline

It can be misunderstood based on the following reasons:-

  1. Is it a gift of the Spirit?
  2. Is it still available?

 

Gifts of the Spirit

Classification

There are many ways to classify spiritual gifts.

Here is a functional classification:-

  1. Utterance Gifts
    • Prophecy
    • Speaking in Tongues
    • Interpretation of Tongues
  2. Power Gifts
    • Gift of Faith
    • Gifts of Healing
    • Working of Miracles
  3. Revelatory Gifts
    • Word of Wisdom
    • Word of Knowledge
    • Discerning of Spirits

Available?

There are those that belong to the cessationist camp; that is, all spiritual gifts have ceased.

If we do not lump praying in the spirit in with the spiritual gifts, it is likely possible the cessationist argument does not apply to praying in the spirit.

 

 

Bible Verses

Here are some relatable bible verses that touches on praying in the spirit.

  1. Ephesians 6:18
    • Ephesians 6:18 – The Armor of God ( Link )
      • Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.
    • Ephesians 6:19- The Armor of God ( Link )
      • Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will boldly make known the mystery of the gospel,…
  2. 1st Corinthians
    • 1st Corinthians 14:2  – Living In the Spirit ( Link )
      • For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men, but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries in the Spirit.
    • 1st Corinthians 14:15 – Prophecy and Tongues ( Link )
      • …For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. What then shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.
  3. Romans
    • Romans 8:6  – Living In the Spirit ( Link )
      • …Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh; but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.   The mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace because the mind of the flesh is hostile to God: It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.…
    • Romans 8:16  – Hiers with Christ ( Link )
      • For you did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
    • Romans 8:26 ( Link )
      • …In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words.
    • Romans 8:27 ( Link )
      • And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.…
  4. Jude
    • Jude 1:20 – A Call to Persevere ( Link )
      • These are the ones who cause divisions, who are worldly and devoid of the Spirit.  But you, beloved, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God as you await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you eternal life.…

Summary

Here is my prayer:-

  1. May he yield our hearts and soul to his will
  2. May he console, gentle, and well us
  3. May he gather and cover us
  4. May he shelter us, our family, our affairs, our goings and comings
  5. May he guide and compass us
  6. May he alerts us to areas we need to let go off
  7. May he awaken and strengthen our discernment
  8. Lord heed us to evil plans and whispers directed against us

 

Prayer

1 Peter 5:8 – Cast Your Cares on Him
Link

…Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

Be sober-minded and alert.

Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour
.

 

Deep Prayer

I want to make sure not just to pray in general and generically,

But, to pray for specific individuals:-

  1. VTA Shooting Victims
  2. Miami Dade County Shooting Victims
  3. Naomi Osaki
    • Anxiety
  4. Chris Paul
    • Medical/Shoulder
  5. Anthony Davis
    • Medical/Strained Goin
  6. Aaron Rodgers
    • Discernment

 

It is a heavy burden that when one is a public figure, everything one says can be used against that him or her.

Psalm 140:6-8
Rescue Me, O LORD, From Evil Men
Link

…I say to the LORD, “You are my God.” Hear, O LORD, my cry for help.
O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You shield my head in the day of battle.
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; do not promote their evil plans, lest they be exalted. Selah…

 

Whom do we have?

As David said, “who do we have in Heaven, but you?”

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you

Psalm 73:25 ( Link )

Lord, be jealous over us.

Guide us along with each item you have entrusted us.

Hold us with a tight grip, father God!

Jesus said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks will come, but woe to the one through whom they come!..

Luke 17:1 ( Link )

King of Kings, sanctify us.

And, as you wash us, prepare and usher us into your glorious assembly.

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