Most of you have probably heard of the saying that a man who represents himself in court has a fool for a client. One of the reasons for this statement is that lawyers (good or bad mind you) know the ways around the system, know not just what to ask but how to ask it and from whom.
All of us have had knowledge into some field that others don't and can advise others of things that most people would know because they don't deal with these things every day. A baker could tell you how to properly add yeast. A carpenter could tell you which would be a better wood to use for a project. A TV salesman could tell you which TV is better for viewing football or for video games.
But when it comes to God the Holy Spirit is who we should be talking to as our 'legal council.' As you probably remember Pastor Miles finished up a series called the Invisible Man talking about the Holy Spirit (for details just refer back to those lessons). Praying in the Spirit means allowing the Spirit to guide what we should pray for and how we should pray.
What we should pray for:
- Praying in the Spirit mean praying God's Will for our lives. Romans 8:26 put is eloquently: "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 groaning which cannot be uttered." Miles put it simply. Say a dude is praying "God give me a wife!" The Holy Spirit takes this prayer and tells God 'can we send this dude to the store to pick up some toothpaste as his teeth are in need of help.' Seriously, just because we want something doesn't mean that we should have it and dating and marriage is a good example. Just because we think that we want to be with someone God may deny us that. While we may see a beautiful wonderful person God sees the STD, irresponsible spending habits, bipolar or who knows what. So we can ask, but we have to remember God's will be done.
- Praying in the Spirit means praying truth. "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever he hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come." John 16:13. Miles pointed out that God is throwing out a challenge to test his truth. God answers prayer; not always how we want Him to but He does answer.
- Praying in the Spirit means praying the impossible. Miles quickly pointed out that praying the impossible doesn't mean praying for things such as: I want to be president in two months, I want to meet Elvis for Christmas, or I want to have superpowers. "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, accordingly to the power that works in us." Ephesians 3:20. Remember too that God wants us to praise Him and if we gain super powers we will probably forget to do that. But here are some examples of impossible things that we won't forget and can tell others about that God did in our life: Getting out from under financial debt, throwing off an addiction, becoming a better husband or wife. Impossible? Sometimes yeah it is if we try to do it alone.
Praying in the Spirit means praying the impossible.
How we should pray:
- Praying in Spirit means praying persistently or all the time. What is the single most important factor in a marriage or any relationship for that matter? Communication. That doesn't change with God. In order for us to have a relationship with God we have to pray and pray often as in daily. Think of a marriage. If you talked to your spouse once a week for two hours on Sunday how much do you know about each other? Not much and that is the same with God. Pray and pray a lot.
- Praying in the Spirit mean praying with Power. Miles explained that power means with authority, ability and freedom to do something which the Spirit has. Acts 1:8 says: "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you " That is Jesus talking to us.
- Praying in the Spirit mean praying with passion. We need to be committed and focus. Miles gave an example of praying (you would have to see the video) but basically he was falling asleep (I thought I was the only one who did that). But we need to be excited and into our praying. Which do you think God hears more; 'hey God, I was wondering if you could help me out with this car trouble thing. When you get some time of course. I know you're busy.' Or 'GOD HELP ME FIND AN AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE CAR!' no brainer.
- Praying in the Spirit means praying with Freedom. This is communication with God, not a prewritten script. If your saying the same thing over and over with no feeling or emotions you're just like the dull white noise in the back ground that everyone ignores. Pray and pray hard. You can't do that with worn out line.
Praying in the Spirit mean praying with passion. We need to be committed and focus.