Pray in the Spirit

Prayer in the Spirit“Take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Eph. 6:17b-18a (NIV)

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In our efforts to take the offensive in spiritual warfare, we are to take up the sword of the Spirit…but we must not stop there.

Paul also tells us to pray in the Spirit.

The phrase “…pray in the Spirit” is not often used today. We assume that all prayer is effective prayer.

But the command to pray in the Spirit implies that it is possible to pray outside of the Spirit.

In other words…it is possible to pray from our flesh.

When we pray from our flesh, we may pray from desires that are not God’s desires.

To pray in the Spirit, we must first submit to the Spirit by beginning our time in prayer seeking the Spirit’s leading and direction…as well as the ability to follow that leading.

There is no limitation regarding the circumstances in which we should pray. Paul writes “…on all occasions”.

No request is too small for God.

I often hear that it is foolish to pray for something as small and self-centered as a good parking place.

We think that God doesn’t care about such small things.

But that’s placing a limitation on God…thinking that God can only be concerned about the “big” things in life.

God has no limit…He is just as concerned about the big things as the number of hairs on our head.

He is without limit…

But at times He may choose to limit His response to only what we request…

Which means…He waits for us to ask…to pray…with all kinds of prayers and requests.

We are to pray on all occasions…with all kinds of prayers and requests.

This is not a narrow, rigid prayer life.

This is an evolving…expanding…all encompassing prayer life.

We become effective in our battle against the enemy as we progressively develop that prayer life.

A prayer life in which we lift both our small and large requests to God…on all occasions…praying with all kinds of prayers and requests.

The enemy cannot stand against prayer…especially prayer offered in the Spirit and inhabited by the Word of God.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, guide me in prayer and fill my mind with your Word and my heart with Your desire.

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