KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
We are instructed to pray always with all prayer in the Spirit. The word ‘in” is translated from the Greek word “EN” which could mean ‘in’, ‘by’ or ‘with’. The scripture is asking us to pray with all prayer by the ability or with the agency of the Spirit.
He asks us to pray with all prayer.
There are various kinds of prayer. These include:
- The prayer of faith
- The prayer of intercession
- The prayer of supplication
- The travailing prevailing prayer.
- The prayer of consecration or commitment
- The prayer of agreement
- The prayer of praise and worship
- United prayer
These are various kinds of prayers, having specific ways for their operations (You may refer to our series of teachings from March 2017.
We are called to pray all kinds of prayer in the Spirit or with the Spirit. According to 1st Corinthians 14:14, we pray with the Spirit by praying in tongues. Some have also explained that praying in the Spirit is praying according to the word of God. Well, whatever is done according to the word of God in faith is by or in the Spirit. Praying in tongues is a direct way to allow the Holy Spirit to voice out various requests and to touch on important areas that the natural mind cannot know or deal with.
Some people easily speak against praying in tongues because they do not understand what is said, so it does not make sense to them. This is most unfortunate. Dear child of God please get this basic principle in relating with God straight. You do not relate to God on the basis of reason or understanding. According to 1st Corinthians 1:21 “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God through the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe”. Dear child of God pray a lot in tongues for other brethren and yourself as well. The Bible has clearly stated that when a man speaks in tongues, he does not understand what he says but in the Spirit he speaks mysteries. (1st Corinthians 14:2). These mysteries are matters that are hidden to the natural mind but very vital and on the right issues to be prayed on.
Lord I pray for all believers that they may stand strong and fulfill their call mandates in their lifetimes. May they approve of things that are excellent and bear the fruits of righteousness unto the appearing of our Lord Jesus? In Jesus name I have prayed.
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 himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered”.
James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”