Praying in the Spirit
"I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49
The Spirit is fighting with us.
“‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams." Acts 2:17
Prayer is the breath of Christian life.
Prayer should be like oxygen for us.
Without prayer we will start to decay -- lack of prayer will make our hearts grow cold. We will just live in our heads.
"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 through wordless groans.27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God." Romans 8:26-27
So many times we struggle on what to pray. We don't need to fret -- the Spirit prays for us. Praying in the Spirit is power. We are in a battle every day. Continue your connection with God always. We then will always be ready.
Pray individually and pray together. God will speak to you. It helps strengthen us. The Spirit will lift us up.
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him."
1 John 5:14-15
Pray according to God's will.
Recognize who God is.
Pray according to His will. What God has in store for us is always good. God isn't Santa Claus.j
Adoration -- Confession -- Thanksgiving -- Supplication
Adoration - recognize who God is.
"in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.[a]" Proverbs 3:6
Confession -- without Christ there is no forgiveness.
9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9
Confession is part of our individual relationship to God. Talk to God about everything.
"give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Salvation paid for at a great price.
God does give. His grace is sufficient forever.
Supplication=the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.
Come to me with your problems.
Lean on Me.
Give them to God and don't take them back. Give me enough for today. Think about your relationships. You need regular and frequent communication. God wants to be part of your life always. He wants to be in the forefront of our minds. God's "waiting on the Phone" for your call. Spend time with Him. Do we live in a prayerful way? Stop long enough to listen.
"Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:14
"I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning." Psalm 130:6
Wait for the Lord like a night watchman waits for the sun to come up.
Sometimes God blesses us with things we don't want. He can change us through things we don't anticipate.
Ask God to show you the blessing in the suffering.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.