“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.”
― Oswald Chambers
Apostle Paul urged Christians in Ephesians 6: 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me,…
We have come to the piece of the effective defensive and offensive weapon in the armor of God : praying in the Spirit. Prayer is the least understood piece even though nearly every Christian has heard that it is an essential part of our Christian life. What does praying in the Spirit mean?
We can read some Bible verses to understand how this piece of armor is given and how we may use it.
1. In Christ Jesus we attain a spiritual presence and status. This spiritual position is connected to God, by the Holy Spirit. Praying in the Spirit is an exercise in joining our spirit to God’s Spirit. God is Spirit. We can only worship Him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24) Praying in the Spirit means we are being built up as His dwelling place !
Ephesians 5: 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ… 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father…19 Now, therefore, you are…fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
2. In Christ Jesus we go through a transformation as a new creation. When we pray in the Spirit our mind goes through a supernatural renewal. The Spirit of Christ, the mind of Christ takes over. We are joined to the Lord and become one spirit with Him. We can then know Him, understand His holy and righteous will, abide in His will, and pray effective prayers according to the Holy Spirit’s revelation to us in our spirit.
Ephesians 4: 17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, ..20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
3. Praying in the Spirit means we are in Christ, fully armored. It is a secured position in warfare. Prayer means we take our stance on God’s side, setting apart from God’s enemy. God’s side means: “His kingdom comes, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” God’s will is for all to be saved and not one perishes in the eternity. Prayer in the Spirit is crucial in the advancement of the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to save and heal.
Ephesians 6:17-19 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,