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  STEP 20



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.




Practicing Prayer

Praise the Lord today for the gift of His Holy Spirit!

Sing softly this song to the Lord.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

(Daniel Iverson)


It is good to be consistent in praying for certain people each day or week. That is what a prayer list is good for. It is also good to be open to what the Holy Spirit may want you to pray for each day. A quiet, listening time will help you in this area. Practice each of these today.




For more in–depth study, look up "Spirit" with a capital ‘S’ in a concordance. There are many verses that will help you understand the role of the Spirit in our Christian walk.

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