We recently celebrated Pentecost, Shavuot in Hebrew, and God released the fire of the Holy Spirit across our land. As we celebrated in remembrance the giving of the Holy Spirit—the instruction written on our hearts and renewed our minds—we prayerfully asked the Lord to give us wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of how He wants to use us to accomplish His will.
What is praying in the Spirit?
Praying is powerful business to God. It’s our mode of communication with Him, but it’s also God’s method of communicating with us. The Holy Spirit dwells within every Believer and gives us the words to pray.
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”—Romans 8:26-27
Even when circumstances are confusing to us, the Holy Spirit knows full well the mind of God in every matter.
“For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.”—1 Corinthians 2:11
Every Believer needs to understand the power of this divine communication. It isn’t something to check off your to-do list; it can move mountains, heal the sick, and reveal to you His good and perfect will.
The Holy Spirit understands our situation and circumstances. He knows the heartache of the Believer and the needs of the Body of Christ as a whole.
Praying in the spirit brings His fire, purifies us, and brings our heart’s desires in alignment with God’s will. He reveals His wisdom and imparts knowledge of how to manifest that wisdom in our lives and our land.
How do I pray in the spirit?
Praying in the spirit is inviting and allowing the Holy Spirit to come with fresh fire and allow His anointing to guide your prayers. The gifts of the Spirit are stirred up within you and equip you to accomplish the will of God.
Declare and decree the words He has given to you in prayer out into the atmosphere, just as Ezekiel did in Ezekiel 37. This prayer of prophecy is God’s way of aligning you with His will, and the declaration always aligns with the Bible.
“Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.”—1 Corinthians 14:1
The Power of Group Prayer: What Does the Bible Say About Group Prayer?
Group prayer releases more of God’s glory on the earth. Yes, prayer is personal and intimate, but there is also a time to join together in corporate prayer. The Word of God tells us about the powerful unification and alignment that group prayer holds.
The following scriptures speak to the significance of corporate prayer…
- “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”—1 John 5:14-15
- Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”—1 Timothy 2:1-2
- “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”—James 5:14-15
- “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”—Matthew 18:19-20
- “Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing—life forevermore.”—Psalm 133:1-3
There are many gifts, but the Lord desires unity within the diverse gifts of the Body of Christ. We are to bring our unique gifts together, corporately, to provide a witness and to profit all.
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”—1 Corinthians 12:7
Bold prayers are covered in the confidence of the blood of Christ. Come before God and speak without concealment. Identify the specific need and praise Him for His faithfulness.
- “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”—Hebrews 4:16
Remember, the Holy Spirit washed over the Apolstles Peter and John, giving them boldness. The words they spoke marveled those around them because God revealed mysteries and performed miracles through them.
“But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, saying, ‘What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.’
“And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: ‘Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them…’
“For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.
“And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”—Acts 4:15-16, 23-24, 27-28, 31
As we prepare for the Impacting Fires Gathering event, we are preparing, in unity, to embrace the fire of the Holy Spirit. We will approach the Lord in boldness and pray for the region and a release of a manifestation of God in the land.