At times, I may not be confident I know how to pray about something effectively. But if I can engage smart prayer, knowing what to do will come … and then all bets are off.
Google isn’t all that. The greatest search engine of all is the Holy Spirit … Infinite Intelligence.
Memo to humanity: we don’t know everything with our natural mind
Can we admit that our understanding about things is incomplete?
At this time we know in part … now we see in a mirror dimly (1 Corinthians 13).
When Christ comes again, we will experience the fullness of His Kingdom, and we will see Him face to face. We will have a much more complete understanding about everything. And our understanding will increase forever.
Until then, we have access to an extraordinary resource—we can pray in the Spirit:
The Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He (the Father) who searches the hearts (our hearts) knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints (that’s us in Christ) according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27, parenthesis are my emphasis).
Partnering with the Holy Spirit is an opportunity without limits!
- Our weakness is often that we don’t know what to pray about. And we don’t know how to pray effectively to get results. It’s really an “infirmity.”
- When invited, the Holy Spirit comes to our side. As we pray in the Spirit, we touch that situation or issue in faith. We target it together with the Holy Spirit. He helps us.
- The Holy Spirit shows us what to reach for in prayer and how to pray about it. Even more, He energizes and empowers our prayer!
And then we have this big promise in the next verse in Romans 8 …
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:29).
Elevate the ceiling over your life
As we pray in the Spirit, we elevate to higher frequencies with God.
I encourage you to fix your gaze upon Christ, and as you pray, raise that person, situation, challenge, opportunity, etc. before Him. Yield to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to pray with you and through you.
Remember, praying in the Spirit is Christo-centric … we fix our eyes upon Christ. After all, the Spirit glorifies and amplifies Christ. Praying in the Spirit is also set within the truth and tone of the inspired Scriptures.
Jesus said, “These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues … (Mark 16:17 ESV). Paul wrote that he prayed with his spirit (heavenly prayer language) and with the mind (native prayer language) (I Corinthians 14:15, parenthesis are my emphasis).
As you pray in the Spirit, note any impressions and promises that surface in your understanding.
As the Holy Spirit gives you understanding, you can begin to pray about your concerns with the mind as well (native prayer language).
Pray in the Spirit to project your prayers into the future with accuracy
The Holy Spirit partners with us and addresses things we don’t even know about. We may be praying about things in the near, immediate, or distant future!
I believe it’s wise to advance our prayers further out in the future—several weeks, several months, even several years from now.
This dynamic form of prayer was prevalent in the lives of those who were closest to Christ and the source of the church. It has also surfaced at times since then.
In past 120 years, praying in the Spirit has exploded across the earth.
Today, the most accelerated spiritual awakening and church growth is happening on the continents of South America, Africa, and Asia where praying in the Spirit is widely experienced by believers.
Have you explored this powerful form of prayer? Have you been held down by a theological or denominational bias?