Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18
I would call prayer the walkie talkie that goes with the armor of God. It is not an intercom, a one-way communication tool, but a walkie talkie for two way communication. That’s why Paul writes to pray in the Spirit at all times. What does praying in the Spirit mean?
In Romans 8:26-27 we find that “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. He who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Here are some of the things the Holy Spirit does to help us in prayer:
- The Holy Spirit searches the deep things of God. He knows the mind of Christ and the will of God. Then he He takes the things of Christ and reveals them to us.
- The Holy Spirit teaches us how to pray and what to pray for. When I enter into praying ‘in the Spirit,’ I am asking the Holy Spirit to tell me how to pray and what to pray for so that I am praying for people against Satan’s strongholds, devices, and schemes and am effective in my prayers–not just babbling words or phrases learned from someplace.
- The Spirit in my spirit prays with groanings that cannot be expressed in words, working in us to will and to do the will and good pleasure of our Father. “Put on my heart what it is You want me to pray for and to yearn for. Stir my spirit with Your Holy Spirit to intercede and to speak according to Your will.”
The prayer of the Spirit is the inner meaning of prayer. It is more than just sitting down and asking God for a list of things–it is communion, fellowship, cooperation and identification with God and Jesus by the Holy Spirit.
Samuel Chadwick, a preacher in the 1800’s from England said, “The most important part of prayer is not what we say to God, but what God says to us. It is no place to hurry (the place of fellowship with God). The soul must be still and wait before the Lord.” (From the Collection and Works of Samuel Chadwick, Beacon Hill, 1943).
Ephesians 6:18 commands us to pray at all times, with all prayer and supplication. Pray when you don’t feel like it, pray until you feel like it. Pray for little deals and pray for big deals. Pray for yourself and pray for others. Prayer is a weapon.
Finally, our power verse with tells us to be alert and to persevere. Don’t be content with seasons of prayerlessness. Break through whatever wall it is that keeps you from communing with God on a deep enough level to know that your spirit is communicating with the Holy Spirit.
“The prayer of a righteous person has great power.” James 5:17