Pray In The Spirit

“For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” (1 Cor. 14:2)

Something I have noticed in Scripture is that praying in the spirit is equated with the gift of tongues (1 Cor 14:15)(Eph 6:18). The Greek word translated “praying in” can have several different meanings. It can mean “by means of”, “with the help of” or ”in the sphere of” and “in connection to”. Therefore in this context, praying in the spirit is praying from our spirit man, according to the Holy Spirit’s leading. Praying in the spirit means we become alerted to what’s happening around us by way of a nudge inside of our spirit. Note: ”…and to this end be alert or watchful…” (Eph 6:18). 

Holy Spirit Help:

Praying with the Holy Spirit’s help is the essence of real effective prayer (Rom 8:26-28). We can continue to pray with the limits of our own understanding or we can become more effective, more alert and more confident that our prayers are making an impact. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weak prayer lives with groanings and expressions that go beyond our understanding, because He searches our hearts and knows the “mind” of the Spirit. Interesting right! God is a Spirit. We can not connect with Him through our flesh (Jn 4:24), so we pray in the spirit in ways that might seem like mysteries to us, but they are effective in the spiritual realm.

Believers Become Influencers:

I believe there are signs that follow those who believe (Mk 16:17) and one is our language will come under the unction of the Holy Spirit. This is called intercession. I personally experience this many times each week in seasons of prayer, where the Holy Spirit begins to move me into an atmosphere of intercession that is beyond my natural or normal prayer routine.


Pray in the spirit


Prayer is all about communion and the way God uses a human vessel that is fully surrendered to Him in fellowship. To minister in the spiritual realm, as a co-labourer with Christ in prayer, is not just the role of the ”super-believer”. Its the privilege of every believer (Eph. 3:10). I consider it to be an honor to remain available to Christ in any way He would so use me. It encourages me to know God will use me if I will make myself available. In fact Scripture speaks often to the idea that if we posture ourselves properly, our prayers will pull His influence into our natural world (Jms. 4:8)(2 Chr. 7:14). He hears the prayers offered in faith and is drawn to those who will commune with Him. As His Kingdom Agents, He allows us to partner with Him to influence our world.

Building Up Our Faith:

So this becomes a valuable platform for our understanding when we read Jude 16-21. Praying in the Holy Spirit will keep us strong in faith and build us up in our spirit man. This platform is in direct contrast to mockers (vs 16), who would have their faith undermined and corrupted by their words. Note that verse 20 tells us to build yourselves up, edify yourself in your most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit. This is alluded to in the Apostle Paul’s teaching (1 Cor 14:14) where we see that our understanding is unfruitful when we pray in tongues. Again, it becomes a faith activity where our spirit man communes with the Holy Spirit and builds us up in faith… our most holy faith.

“What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.” (1 Cor 14:15)

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