But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
—Jude 1:20-21 (NKJV)
When you pray in the Holy Spirit, you build up your faith to believe in who you are in Christ and to believe in the promises God has given you. You are immersed in the spiritual understanding of God’s will that goes beyond your human understanding. And when you pray in the Spirit, you build the measure of faith you have been given by God to believe what is impossible with the natural mind.
Praying in the Spirit is not you praying what your mind thinks or reasons. It is the Holy Spirit within you praying the petitions He knows. When you pray for someone with your human understanding, it is difficult to keep personal judgments and human emotions and opinions and thoughts and feelings out of your prayers. The Holy Spirit knows what the will of God is. When you surrender and allow the Holy Spirit to pray, you pray in agreement with the will of God.
“Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27, NKJV).
“He who searches the hearts” is a reference to God, and He knows perfectly well what the Holy Spirit is saying. The Holy Spirit is always leading us and interceding with us for God’s perfect will to be accomplished in our lives. He is never at a loss to express our needs to the Father. We don’t always pray perfectly, but when we intercede, the Holy Spirit translates the cries of our hearts to our Abba Father. Such a unity exists between the Father and the Holy Spirit that even the groanings of the Holy Spirit are flawlessly understood.
When you pray in the Spirit, God knows what the Spirit is praying for. And when the Holy Spirit within you prays God’s will, you are encouraged in your most holy faith.
“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests,” Paul wrote. “With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18, NIV).
Praying in the Spirit gives close intimacy with God. Through you, the Holy Spirit reaches the Father for those for whom you intercede. When you allow the Spirit to pray for them, God knows what the Holy Spirit is praying for, and He answers because what the Spirit asks is according to His will.
When you surrender and allow the Holy Spirit to pray, you are strengthened in your inner man. Your confidence and compassion grow. You believe without a doubt that God hears whatever the Spirit has asked, and you know that the petitions you have asked of Him have already been answered (1 John 5:14-15).
Praying in the Holy Spirit builds your faith to trust God for His promises. You receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. Your understanding is enlightened, and you know the hope of His calling and the riches of your inheritance in Him (Ephesians 1:17-19, NKJV).
Do you long for your faith to be stronger and live in the fullness of the grace Jesus has given you? Do you wish to believe the Word without any doubt—trusting in God’s promises for others and for yourself? Do you want to stand strong in your spiritual armor and your identity in Christ?
Pray in the Holy Spirit—encouraging yourself to believe the grace of Jesus keeps you safely in the love of God and the eternal life He has given you.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher