When I first gave my life to Jesus I had no idea how to pray in the holy spirit.
I actually don’t think I had even heard about it before.
Of course, I prayed but I was so fresh and not in an environment that spoke or taught much on the work of the Holy Spirit.
It wasn’t until years later reading books and attending Bethel Church that I started to learn under the ministry of Bill Johnson, Kris Vallotton and others, about the role of the Holy Spirit and His work.
A relationship with the Holy Spirit has radically transformed my life in every way you can imagine, and I live to explore the depths of a relationship with Him and what it looks like to yield and surrender to Him.
Praying with the Holy Spirit, I have seen miracles, healings, provision, peace.
What Praying in the Holy Spirit Is
The apostle Paul encourages believers to pray in the Spirit in Ephesians 6:18, “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”
Praying in the Holy Spirit means allowing the Spirit to lead our prayers, empower our requests, and guide our hearts toward the will of God.
It’s an intimate communion with God that transcends mere words, enabling us to experience His presence and be transformed by it (Romans 8:26-27).
When we pray in the Spirit, we are able to access realms of God’s presence that cannot be entered by human understanding alone.
When we pray in the Spirit, we are praying from the very heart of God, touching His desires and participating in the fulfillment of His purposes for our lives and the lives of others.
Praying in the Spirit is a key to unlocking the mysteries of God’s heart and releasing His power in the earth.
What Praying in the Holy Spirit Is Not
Praying in the Holy Spirit is not about relying on our own abilities or striving to pray in a specific way to impress others.
It’s not about the volume, eloquence, or duration of our prayers (Matthew 6:7).
Praying in the Spirit is not a technique or formula to manipulate God or demand results. Rather, it’s a humble approach to seeking God’s presence and aligning our desires with His will.
There may be times when praying in the Spirit feels tangible, emotional, and powerful. Those however are not the markers we should look to judge the validity of our Prayer in the Spirit with.
Oftentimes praying in the spirit won’t feel like that at all and certainly not always like a mini personal revival in our prayer closet (spare room amongst the junk).
Praying in the Spirit is about partnering with the Holy Spirit in a deep and personal way, letting Him guide and empower our prayers, while we humbly yield to His leading.
Dr Martin Lloyd-Jones says that when we pray in the Spirit, we experience being carried or driving in prayer to God by the Spirit.
Scripture on Praying in the Holy Spirit
The Bible offers numerous insights and instructions on praying in the Holy Spirit. Here are some key verses to reflect upon:
Romans 8:26-27: “Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. 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. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
Jude 1:20: “But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 14:15: “What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.”
Ephesians 6:18: “Praying at all times inthe Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”
John 4:24: “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
1 Corinthians 14:2: “For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.”
These scriptures provide guidance on what praying in the Holy Spirit entails, emphasizing the importance of allowing the Holy Spirit to lead our prayers and help us communicate with God on a deeper level.
Practical Steps to Pray in the Holy Spirit
Cultivate a relationship with the Holy Spirit
As a believer, invite the Holy Spirit into your daily life, seeking His guidance and relying on His wisdom (John 14:26).
Yield to the Holy Spirit’s leading
Let go of your own understanding and allow the Holy Spirit to guide your prayers, interceding according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27).
Pray with faith
Trust that the Holy Spirit is present and active in your prayer life, empowering you to pray effectively (Jude 1:20).
Be open to various forms of prayer
Praying in the Holy Spirit can manifest in different ways, such as praying in tongues, intercession, or simply praying in your native language with a Spirit-led heart (1 Corinthians 14:15).
Persist in prayer
Make it a habit to pray regularly, seeking God’s presence and guidance in all circumstances (Ephesians 6:18).
Regularly engage with the Word of God, allowing it to inform and enrich your prayers (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
In conclusion, praying in the Holy Spirit is an essential aspect of the Christian faith, allowing believers to commune with God on a deeper level and experience His transformative presence.
When we align our prayers with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we become partners with God in releasing Heaven’s solutions into our world.
Ground your understanding in scripture and ask the Holy Spirit help you develop a more profound and Spirit-led prayer life.