Praying in the Spirit
Read John 20:1–31
Verse 22: "And when he had said this, he breathed on
them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:"
The disciples received the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of God,
when Jesus breathed upon them. What did they have that they had
not had before? What treasure did they receive when they
received the Holy Spirit? What will it do for YOU in prayer?
Up to that time, no one had had the very Spirit of the
Creator of the Universe living within them. As for the prophets
of old, they would hear God telling them what to do, and God
would be with them, but God did not give them His Spirit to
actually live within them!
The Spirit will guide us into all truth and show us what is
to come (John 16:13). This should give us confidence that He
will help us to know how to pray! The Spirit will also intercede
for us when it seems like we just can’t find the right words
to pray for a particular situation (Rom. 8:26). The Spirit can
bring life into words of truth, causing them to prick the hearts
of others (John 6:63). The Spirit will also confirm in our
hearts when we hear the truth that it truly is truth (1 John
5:6). This will either confirm that we are doing the right thing
or convict us to make corrections in our lives.
The Spirit of God will dwell in a washed by–the–blood,
obedient heart. We can’t get far with the Lord without His
Spirit. Your prayers will be directed in the right way when you
depend on the Holy Spirit to guide you.