Back when I first started this journey of writing and sending out a daily devotional, we began by going through the book of Acts in a chapter by chapter - and at times verse by verse - study. There may be a day when we do something like that again in the not too distant future.
week, we are going be looking at what “Praying in the Spirit” means. (I
can't seem to get away from the larger theme of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Jesus focused on this subject towards the end of His ministry and it’s
basically the primary focus of the book of Acts, so that makes it worthy of our
attention.) I feel very strongly that we are coming into a period of time where
we are going to need to draw upon the empowering that the Holy Spirit gives us
through the gift of tongues.
For the record, Christian Assembly (and the Assemblies of God) is a Pentecostal church which basically means that we believe all the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we read about in the Bible are still available and accessible to us today. Also, it is my (our, as in WCA & the A/G) conviction that this gift of the Holy Spirit is very beneficial to anyone who possesses it and uses it on a daily basis. That is a significant key – using it daily. Without that, there is not much benefit in it.
am becoming more and more concerned with the direction that many “Pentecostal”
churches seem to be moving in – which is away from a definite focus on the Holy
of you may not know that we have a pre-service prayer meeting at 9:45 in our
prayer room each Sunday; there are others who pray in the sanctuary during that
time. For my part, I am just excited to see more people engaging in prayer for
our services. I would love to see all of you in one of those meetings, for in
them, you will often hear people praying in tongues. The same is true of our
mid-week Prayer Meeting in the Sanctuary on Wednesday nights during the school
year. Often, I will encourage everyone to pray in the Spirit together (“Praying
in the Spirit,” “praying in tongues,” and the “baptism of the Holy Spirit” - all
referring to the same thing.)
I want us to consider is this: What happens in us when we pray in the Spirit?
Because when we pray in the Spirit (in tongues), we are allowing the Holy
Spirit to pray through us. The gift of tongues is a heavenly language given to
us by God, and when we use this gift in prayer, the Holy Spirit is the only one
who knows what we are praying.
believe there is a way for us to gain insight into what we are praying when we
pray in tongues. There is a way to pray with our understanding that can
enlighten us as to what happens when we pray in the Spirit. I would think that
if we can gain a little better understanding of what happens in the spirit
realm when we pray in the Spirit, it will give us an even greater desire to use
this effective form of prayer. (Or it may give those of you who have not
received this gift a greater desire to seek it out. I’ll say more about that
1 Corinthians 14:15 “So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind.” Paul presents the most balanced perspective of all the New Testament writers on this subject. He talks about praying not only with the Spirit, but also with his mind.
There is a difference between praying with your mind and praying in the Spirit. Praying with our mind is what all of us do. Praying with the mind is that of knowing what it is you are asking God for, or what you are seeking God for. However, there is a difference between just uttering a prayer and entering into a spirit of prayer.