How do you pray in the Spirit?
Praying in the Spirit is a wonderful
experience that comes from having a relationship with God's
Holy Spirit. Praying in the Spirit makes sense when you read
Jesus' words of encouragement to His followers:
John 4:24 24 "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship
in spirit and in truth."
We are to worship God in Spirit!
Jesus also promised a counsellor to His followers, One that
would always be with them and in them.
John 14:16-18 "I will ask the Father, and he will give you
another Counsellor to be with you forever- the Spirit of
truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees
him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you
and will be in you." NIV
Praying in the Spirit is Biblical and is encouraged to be
practiced on all occasions.
Jude 20-21 "But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in
your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit." NIV
Eph 6:18 8 "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all
kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert
and always keep on praying for all the saints." NIV
But now, how can you pray in the Spirit?
There are two ways and both ways will fill a person with
divine peace and awe for God's majesty and care for us.
In the Bible, praying in the Spirit mostly refers to praying
in tongues. The apostle Paul made a clear distinction
between praying in the mind (intelligence) and praying in
1 Cor 14:14-19 "For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays,
but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will pray
with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will
sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind." NIV
Both prayers are useful and bestow great blessings. The
Greek word for mind in this text is "nous" and means the
intellect, i.e. mind. It is clear here that praying in the
Spirit in this text means praying in tongues, while praying
with the mind is praying in your own language.
The apostle Paul explains it this way: 1 Cor 14:2 "For one
who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men, but to God;
for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks
In other words praying with the mind means you pray not only
to God, but also for other people around you to understand
you, while praying in tongues is directed directly to God
only. This is why the apostle Paul encouraged Christians to
pray with the mind in church:
1 Cor 14:19 "But in the church I would rather speak five
intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand
words in a tongue." NIV
Unless someone could interpret what was prayed in tongues:
1 Cor 14:13-15 "Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue
pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my
spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful." NKJV
Now does praying in the Spirit only mean to pray in tongues?
Not at all!
1 Cor 12:29-31 "Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all
teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of
healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?" NIV
It is clear from this text that the apostle Paul expects a
no for an answer. Not every Christian speaks in tongues. It
is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but it not THE gift
of the Holy Spirit.
If not every Christian receives the gift of speaking in
tongues, how could the apostle Paul encourage all Christians
to pray in the Spirit, if praying in the Spirit means to
pray in tongues? This would not make any sense at all. It's
like encouraging a dog to start quaking. That poor dog would
never be able to do this and would be frustrated in its
In other words, praying in the Spirit does not only mean
praying in tongues. The following text will give us more
clarity, although it also refers to speaking in tongues:
Rom 8:26-27 "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our
weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the
Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words
cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the
mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the
saints in accordance with God's will." NIV
In this text we can understand what praying in the Spirit
means. God's Holy Spirit intercedes for us, He guides us in
our prayers, He helps us in our weakness. When you pray in
the Spirit, God's Holy Spirit guides you, He leads you in
prayer. It can be done through speaking in tongues, but it
can also be done through speaking your own language. We do
not know what we will be praying when we pray in the Spirit,
but God's Spirit takes charge. He knows our burdens and our
needs and He knows as well God's will and what is best for
If someone's faith in God is shallow, his/her prayer life
will also be shallow, irrespective if that person speaks in
tongues or not.
What should you do if you do not feel like praying? Should
you force yourself in prayer, with a long unhappy face or
should you not pray at all?
The best answer is to wait for the Lord and tell Him how
cold and prayerless your hearts has become, and ask Him to
send His Holy Spirit to warm your heart and draw you into
Ps 37:7 "Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for
Hos 12:6 "Wait for your God always." NIV
Singing praise songs to God and worshipping out loud will
also invite God's Spirit. It will not be long before you are
filled with God's presence and that you will have a desire
to pray with vigor. God's Holy Spirit has come into you and
has stirred your heart into action. You will not want to
stop praying as you will be aware that you are in direct
communication with your Heavenly Father. You will start to
pray for the right things in the right way. There will be
joy and power in your prayer. You will feel God's Spirit
guide you in your prayers. He will be your guide in your
I have experienced both ways. One time God's Spirit overtook
me and I started to pray vigorously in English for the
salvation of my mom. The words that were spoken in my mind
were not mine, but God's Holy Spirit's. I was brought
towards a door that had some light shining through. I knew
God was at work with my mom, and that He had already
penetrated the doors of her heart. However when I was led to
pray for my brother's salvation, I was led to a door that
was pitch black! However, I believed-and still believe-that
God is able to break that door down!
I have also prayed in the Spirit in tongues with such force
and conviction, feeling God's presence around and in me.
Both experiences were very similar, except that one was done
in English and the other one was done in tongues. Those are
awesome experiences my friend, that make you long to pray
more often with your Heavenly Father! You do not have to
look for words in your prayer; God directs you and leads you
in marvelous ways.
Would you like to experience praying in the Spirit? Why
don't you wait for the Lord and start praising His name? Why
don't you invite Jesus in your life and let Him become your
closest friend. Human friends are not always reliable. You
have probably experienced that already. But your friend
Jesus is always reliable and is always there for you. Will
you invite Him in your heart and start walking with Him?
Experience His power in your life, my friend. He is waiting
Rev 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone
hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat
with him, and he with me. NIV
“For we know not what we
should pray for as we ought:—the Spirit—helpeth our
infirmities” (Rom 8:26).
—“God is a Spirit, and they that worship him MUST WORSHIP
HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH” (John 4:24).
Someone that truly prays one prayer, shall after that, never
be able to express in language, or pen the unutterable
desires, sense, affection, and longing and all feelings that
went to God in that prayer.
To pray in the spirit is to pray with a sincere, sensible,
and affectionate pouring out of the heart and soul to God
through Jesus Christ our Lord! Through Christ with the help
of the Holy Spirit who speaks to God in groanings that only
He can understand. For without praying as such, it is just
Through Christ we all have access by one Spirit unto the
Father” (Eph 2:18).
“For we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but
the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings
which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts,
knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh
intercession for the saints according to the will of God”
(Rom 8:26,27). MAY ALL BE BLESSED!
The best answer the I can
give you is found in (Acts 2) When the Holy Spirit came upon
them, and they spoke in new tongues. I believe that they
where praying in the Spirit.
Praying in the spirit is praying Gods Word, because it is
written if I abide in Him and His words abide in me I can
ask what I will, It is also written the Words I speak to you
they are spirit and they are life. This is the confidence I
have in Him if I ask anything according to His will (Word)
He hears me. If I search the Word and find an answer to my
problem, I know it is the will of God on the matter ,I then
have confidence that He has heard me. If we are filled with
the spirit (Word) when we pray that is what comes forth
,When we don't know how to pray as we ought the Holy Spirit
makes intercession according to the will (Word) of God.
This is how I pray in the spirit as I grew in the Word ,I
have no confidence in prayers that are not backed up by the
Word of God ..even my own. But once I have His Word on the
matter I can hang on for dear life. He watches over His Word
to perform it and it will not return unto Him void but it
will accomplish what He sends it to do...Though Heaven and
Earth passes away ,His Word will never pass away. In Church
when people have prayed ,and one is praying the problem ,God
has me praying the answer ,I have seen a lot of prayers
answered for myself and others...When we pray the problem it
ever looms before us, When we are praying the answer we know
God has heard ,we know He's watching over it ,We know the
answer is on the way ,Praise the Lord, I am not a teacher of
the Word ,But I have experienced the Word and I am telling
my experience in the Word.
I simply talk to Him, just like he was in
the room with me. Just like I talk to Jesus. Jesus loves
The Holy Sprit so and looks kindly upon those who share the
same feelings. There is a Novena to say to The Holy Sprit
that one who says it will be granted their wish. It
required three concessive days of one Our Father, three Hail
Mary's and one Glory Be. I do believe in the past that I
have said this Novena for a special intention that I asked
for and I do believe an answer came.
Since I am a prayer warrior, I often call on The Holy Spirit
for wisdom and guidance in obtaining help for others. I
know He answers as sometimes when I look at what I have read
to comfort another, and I know I did not achieve those words
I remember when I received my heart healing, (Praise The
Lord and Bless His Holy Holy Name.) I saw a see through
Dove floating around me when I closed my eyes in prayer of
Thank You to The Lord. One feels at real peace that cannot
be described unless they have experienced it when the Holy
Spirit has visited you. I wish for all to receive this
May The Holy Spirit send wisdom and guidance to all that
reads this, and May God Bless you and yours abundantly!
In His Love,