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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?
There could be several reasons for ineffectual prayer, but one of the reasons is we don’t pray in the Holy Spirit.
Pt. 1
It is very frustrating to do something when you don’t know what you’re doing.
Gardening soil
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.
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Pt. 2
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 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.
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.
Soldier exo-skeleton
Pt. 3
The Spirit is our great Teacher in prayer. He also delights in delights in helping us to pray.
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.
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