Why You Should Pray In The Spirit.
What do you do when all hell breaks loose around you? You pray in the Spirit.
What do you do when circumstances, events and relationships become a consuming fire of disappointment? You pray in the Spirit.
What do you do when you have lost your way in the wilderness of life? You pray in the Spirit.
What do you do when there are no words that describe your pain human? You pray in the Spirit.
What do you do when you don’t know what the will of God is? You pray in the Spirit.
“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).
Ronke and her husband, Dare, recently have been going through a very difficult situation with Yomi, a family member whom they love dearly. It has been heartbreaking for the couple to walk through this valley that was so unexpected. As she was sharing the emotional devastation of her pain with her Pastor’s wife and childhood friend, Peju, she reminded her of the power of praying in the Spirit.
“Ronke,” her wise friend said, “I don’t know how to pray for this person whom you love so dearly, but the Holy Spirit knows how to pray, so let’s just spend some time together praying in tongues.”
And that’s what they did.
“Pray in the Spirit always with all kinds of prayer and supplication. To that end be alert with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Eph. 6:18).
After praying in the Spirit, Ronke’s particular situation didn’t change immediately, even though she believe that it will. However, her person have changed. She ammased a greater measure of peace and of hope concerning this difficult road they are traveling. She has experienced a power surge in her spirit that has healed her weakened state. Rather than praying with her human understanding, she has determined that she will pray in the Spirit and allow the winds of God to blow across her and across this challenging life circumstance.
She explains it more clearly: “If I were invited to have a meeting in the throne room with the king of a foreign country, I would certainly either learn the language of that country or I would bring with me the very best interpreter I could find. The same principle follows when we enter the throne room of our Father God. There is a language that is particular to His eternal kingdom. The native tongue of the kingdom of heaven is the language of the Holy Spirit. I can speak this language because I am filled with the Holy Spirit; I can also allow the Holy Spirit to interpret for me.”
It’s true that the Father understands us and responds when we come to Him praying with our own understanding, but we should never ignore the power that enters a situation when we choose to pray in the Spirit.
“For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding” (1 Cor. 14:14-15).
How wonderful to know that we serve a God who is listening to our desperate prayers. How comforting to realize that God hears us when we reach out to Him in prayers of any kind. How powerful to understand that when we pray in the Spirit, we are choosing to align our hearts and our minds with the kingdom of heaven!