...Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplica-tions for all the saints... (Ephesians 6:18). But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit (Jude 20).
When an unbeliever repents of sin and trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior, he or she is born again and given the gift of the Holy Spirit. The new Christian is to rely upon the Holy Spirit for power to live the Christian life.
The new believer will soon learn the need for more grace, more strength to resist temptations, and greater inspiration for worship and prayer. The sense of need should cause him/her to ask for the fullness of the Spirit (Luke 11:13). Unless a believer is filled with the Spirit, they will never be able to pray with the power and wisdom available for prayer.
Praying in the Spirit is needed in every life, every church, and every community. How desperately we need Spirit-filled prayer warriors in our nation at this period in our history.
Allow me to describe what it means to pray in the power of the Holy Spirit:
Praying in the Spirit is when the Christian intercessor is clothed with the might of God in holy intense intercession.
Praying in the Spirit is the highest and holiest and most powerful effort a child of God is capable of.
Praying in the Spirit is when we have been entrusted with Jesus’ burden to pray and weep over lost souls and carnal saints.
Praying in the Spirit is God’s plan to bring heaven’s power and heaven’s resources and heaven’s angels into action on earth.
Praying in the Spirit is when the Holy Spirit’s intercession in us here on earth agrees with Jesus’ intercession in heaven to bring the will of the Father to pass.
Praying in the Spirit is effectual, fervent praying by sanctified hearts that gets YES answers.
Praying in the Spirit is a holy partnership of intercession with Christ and the Holy Spirit for the extension of the Kingdom of God.
Praying in the Spirit is immersing oneself in a Spirit-assigned burden that sacrificially continues until heaven’s power is released and God’s will is done on earth.
Praying in the Spirit is the conduit through which the power of heaven is brought to earth.
Praying in the Spirit is the glorious ministry that unites us with the heartbeat and passion of our Lord Jesus.
Praying in the Spirit is the privilege, the responsibility, and the glory of prevailing prayer.
Praying in the Spirit is the most demanding, challenging, and spiritually opposed kind of praying, yet still the most anointed and rewarded kind.
May God forgive churches and Christian leaders for not training more believers for Spirit-anointed prayer.
Our only hope for revival in the church and the salvation of the masses is Spirit-anointed intercessors.