“Spirit Filled Praying”
In Ephesians 6:18, Paul urged the church to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions.” In James 5:16 we read that “the intense prayer of the righteous is very powerful” (HCSB). Prayer is our most powerful weapon, but not just any kind of prayer; we need Spirit filled prayer, which is fervent, intense and very powerful. Spirit filled prayer begins with a heart surrendered completely to the Lord. We must take inventory of our heart and ask, “Is my heart completely surrendered to God?” When our heart is completely surrendered to the Lord, we will guard our heart with all diligence, because we know that out of it spring the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). When we fail to diligently guard our heart, our heart becomes divided and crowded. We must pray against a divided heart as the Psalmist prayed in Psalm 86:11-13, “Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.” We must pray against the crowded heart, which Jesus warned about in Mark 4:19 when He said, “but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” God has called us to bear much fruit (John 15:8), and the only way to do so is to stay closely connected to the Vine (John 15:5); staying closely connected to the Vine involves Spirit filled praying, which involves surrendering our heart completely to the Lord and diligently guarding it against anything that would divide it or crowd it. In John 15:7, Jesus gave the following promise to those who engage in Spirit filled praying: “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” Wow! What a promise! What motivation!
Praying In The Spirit,