Prayer has been defined as, uniting the natural with the super natural to effect changes in the natural. Anytime the natural encounters the supernatural, the natural, receives an impartation from the supernatural. There comes a transformation of the natural. Jud 1:20 KJV” But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost”, The call to build ourselves up is not talking about our physical body, but our spirit man. 1Corinth 14:14 KJV” For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful”. Our spirit does the praying when we pray in an unknown tongue.
We are built up spiritually as we pray. The Bible uses. The word ‘edify’, which means to build up. 1Corinth 14:4 KJV “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church”. In the manifestation of the spirituals, we have those who function purely by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as those who have developed their spirit man such that they manifest the supernatural through their built up spirit man(please note, all these is done by the agency of the Holy Ghost) . There are a number of people who begin to receive the ability to see visions, and do other supernatural abilities, after praying for a number of hours. Some start healing the sick after fasting and praying for a number of days. These abilities function in these people as a result of the sensitivity of a built-up spirit through prayer.
Evangelist Sadhu Sundar Singh who lived between 1889 to 1929, and was used mightily by the Lord, once taught that, praying as a Christian can be compared to a mother hen, brooding over the eggs. As the mother sits on the egg, it develops to become chicken. He said the longer we stay in the presence of the Father His Spirit broods over us, making us more and more like Him. Don’t be lazy to spend time before the Lord in prayer. It is one of the avenues to build yourself up, to be used effectively in the Lord’s vineyard.
Thank you, father, for the privilege of prayer. As I prayer in the Spirit my spirit man is built up, making me more effective in the Spirit. As the physical man is built up through exercise, my spirit is also built up to do more as I pray.
Luke 6:12 & 13 KJV “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles”;
1 Corinth 14:2 KJV” For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries”.