To develop a relationship with someone, you must first spend time getting to know them—listening and reaching out to them. Likewise, to develop a close, intimate and powerful relationship, you must allow them into your life.
This not only applies to humankind, but also applies to our relationship with the Holy Spirit. The true and Triune God is divine, supreme and omnipresent… which can be confusing at times. However, God has given us an amazing gift, the Holy Spirit.
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit…”—Jude 20
The role of the Holy Spirit is complex and multi-dimensional. Here, God’s Word gives us some insight. Build yourselves up in faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. Praying Spirit-led prayers gives us a boost of faith with encouragement and edification. It’s almost circular… when praying IN the Holy Spirit, we are praying according to the Spirit’s prompting and with the power of the Spirit. We are allowing God’s own Spirit, that tabernacles within us, to cut to our hearts, and pray in ways God wants us to pray.
We all have spiritual gifts bestowed upon us that are intended to bring glory to God. As our relationship with God grows in the Holy Spirit, we should eagerly desire these gifts in love. The Bible says we are sealed with the Holy Spirit, guaranteeing our inheritance. Once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are sealed with the Spirit. However, God does not want us to wait for our inheritance, He wants us to walk closely with Him now, enjoying an intimate relationship with Him, giving us unexplainable joy and peace today. Through Spirit-led prayer we are Spirit-filled and can speak to Him in unique ways. Ways that are personal between you and God.
“For anyone who speaks in a tongue, does not speak to men but to God.”—1 Corinthians 14:2
When walking in the Spirit, you can know the enemy is creeping outside the door of your mind with thoughts and lies of condemnation and questioning. Therefore, praying ALL prayers in the Spirit activates God’s own armor upon us.
In Ephesians 6, Paul addressed our need for God’s personal armor to fight the good fight of faith.
“And take the… sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with prayer and supplication in the Spirit…” –Ephesians 6: 17-18
God’s own Word is our sword in spiritual warfare. We must talk with and to God in all occasions with all kinds of prayers… silent prayer, walking prayer, shouting prayer, praying in tongues, and praying in groups.
Trust in God’s promise to you personally, that He is in control and desires you to prosper. When you trust this promise, and it has not happened as you had believed that it would, get on your knees in prayer. Ask the LORD to come into your heart and lead your prayer. Ask Him to use His Spirit to prompt your soul, glorifying and trusting Him.