DAY 13

A Secret Weapon in Spiritual Warfare  

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT  

EPHESIANS 6:18  

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  

In Paul’s closing chapter, in his book to the church of Ephesus, he begins to correlate the believer’s spiritual armor for warfare to that of an actual solider. Paul lists necessary armaments to add to the believer, so that they may fight and win against an unseen enemy. In Ephesians 6, Paul notes who we are battling and lists the armor needed to win every spiritual skirmish. He then speaks of the two offensive weapons we have at  our disposal.  

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  

In verse 13, Paul says stand therefore and begins to list the armor they need to fight, but in verse 18, he adds the effectiveness and advancement that praying in the Spirit has.  

Prayer goes where we can not go, and does what we can not do. 

Matthew 5:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.  

I have always seen the importance of a prayer life, but I am putting the emphasis on the importance and power of praying in the Spirit. It renews, refocuses, energizes, and gives authority in the Spirit. Over the years I have seen the effectiveness of this type of prayer and have experienced many tangible miracles through it.

 

So lets define it:  

Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.  

Praying in the Spirit is praying in the Holy Ghost (read Acts 2). The Spirit of God fell on  the day of pentecost, and filled all the disciples with His Spirit (Holy Ghost), and the  scripture says they all began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit of God gave  them utterance ( Acts 2:4 ).  

Note: Other tongues, is not another language that we already know. As this scripture states, it is “other tongues as the Spirit of God gave them utterance”. Praying in the  Holy Ghost, means that your prayers are made as the Spirit of God gives utterance through you.  

In our prayer time, it is of great value to pray in the Spirit.  

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit 

We like to be in control, to focus on what we desire, even in our prayer time. To pray for WHO we want and WHAT we want. But Romans 8:36 teaches that praying in the Spirit actually releases God to target exactly what we and others need in our time of prayer.

 

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself (himself) maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  

Today spend time praying in the Spirit, knowing that God is praying through you for both your needs and for others.