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17-6-10 PM, The Art of Prayer- Praying in the Spirit

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Have you ever felt that you are spinning your wheels when you pray?
Maybe you’ve a family member who you have been praying for again and again and there doesn’t seem to be a change in his life.
Maybe you’ve got this sin in your life that you just can’t seem to shake; or some gap in your will power?
We want our prayers to be effective and worthwhile.
There could be several reasons for ineffectual prayer, but one of the reasons is we don’t pray in the Holy Spirit.
Pt. 1
The Spirit overcomes our lack of know-how in prayer.
It is very frustrating to do something when you don’t know what you’re doing.
Gardening soil
Romans 8:26–27 ESV
26 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. 27 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.
Romans 8:26-27
We don’t know how to pray. Therefore,
The Spirit joins us in prayer and pours His supplications into our own.
Pt. 2
We pray effectively when we pray in the spirit.
All true praying comes from the Spirit’s activity in our souls. True prayer rises in the spirit of the Christian from the Spirit who indwells us.
Jude 20 ESV
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,
Jude O
This means we pray along the same lines, about the same things, in the same name, as the Holy Spirit.
We are to pray in the realm of the Spirit, for the Holy Spirit is the sphere and atmosphere of the Christians life. Much praying is psychical rather than spiritual, in the realm of the mind alone, the product of our thinking and not of the Spirit’s teaching. Real prayer is deeper. It uses the body, requires the cooperation of the mind, and moves in the supernatural realm of the Spirit.
Much praying is psychical rather than spiritual, in the realm of the mind alone, the product of our thinking and not of the Spirit’s teaching. Real prayer is deeper. It uses the body, requires the cooperation of the mind, and moves in the supernatural realm of the Spirit.
We are to pray in the power and energy of the Spirit.
Ephesians 6:18 ESV
18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
For its superhuman task, prayer demands more than human power. All the human energy of heart, mind, and will can achieve great human results, but praying in the Holy Spirit releases supernatural resources.
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Pt. 3
The Spirit is our great Teacher in prayer. He also delights in delights in helping us to pray.
The Spirit overcomes our three greatest handicaps in prayer.
Sometimes we are kept from prayer by sin in our heart. The Spirit leads us to the blood of Christ, which cleanses every stain.
Sometimes the ignorance of our minds hinders our prayers, But the Spirit knows the mind of God and shares that knowledge with us as we wait and listen. The Spirit, thus, gives us clear conviction whether a particular request is God’s will for us or not.
Sometimes we are earthbound because of the infirmity of the body. We get sick, we feel ill, we are weak. The Spirit will quicken our bodies and enable us to rise above weaknesses, even those imposed by sultry tropical climates.
Bonus- Satan opposes us. Satan will try to depress, to create doubt and discouragement, to keep a leader from communion with God. In the Holy Spirit, we have a heavenly ally against this supernatural foe.
Ephesians 6:12 ESV
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
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Do you have any religious beliefs?To you, who is Jesus?Do you believe in heaven and hell?If your life were over today, where would you go?If what you've told me doesn't square with the Bible, would you want to know?
With each:
What do you understand that to mean?
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Thank you for letting me share these verses with you.
Based on these verses:
Do you understand the Bible says you are a sinner?Do you want forgiveness for your sins?Do you believe Jesus is God's Son, that He died for our sins, and rose again?Are you willing to surrender your life to Christ?Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart and life?
Heavenly Father, I have sinned against You.
I want forgiveness for all my sins.
I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins and that He rose again.
Father, I give you my life to do with as you please.
I want Jesus Christ to come into my heart and life.
I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ.
Amen.
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