“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24
From the first time prayer seemed to be invoked; “Then men began to call upon the name of the Lord.” Gen. 4:26, unto the last prayer written in our Bible: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus, The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” Rev. 22:20-21, there is the presence of the Holy Spirit. Why, because God is ever present from the shouts of joy in prayers to the soft murmurings in the midst of tears flowing down one’s face. “The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
Though at times we may feel that our prayers are dulled by life’s experiences and the answers seem so far off, we can be assured that His Holy Spirit is with us. The Brother of Jesus penned these words: “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” Jude 20-21
It is the following words in Romans that should pull us to understand how to have Spiritual Prayers no matter the circumstances in which we are walking in this life. Paul’s explanation of how to have spiritual prayers is through the work of the Holy Spirit. “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.” Rom. 8:26-27
We can count ourselves among the disciples as ones that needed a reminder about prayer. “Then Jesus returned to the disciples and found them sleeping. “Were you not able to keep watch with Me for one hour?” He asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
Contemplating this, perhaps we can see an encouragement being brought to the disciples even in the weakness of their flesh. Notice this is not some sin that they were doing, they were asleep! It is that they were weary and their bodies, minds, emotions were at their weakest moment and they fell asleep and did not consider the need of prayer for what lie ahead of them and their Lord. Jesus tells them to trust the spirit and not their own selves. They needed to be praying, realizing that the Holy Spirit would strengthen them through prayer for they were not alone.
Paul aptly showed this in these words: “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.” Eph. 6:18
As Children of God, we are filled with His Spirit at our experience of salvation and because we are filled with His Spirit we can trust that His Spirit is helping us in our prayers at all times. Therefore, we can “..pray in the Spirit on all occasions..” Paul wrote this; “I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind” I Corinthians 14:15. When you are struggling, pray, pray, pray with all of your heart, mind and soul. You will experience the Holy Spirit leading as you pray unto your Father.
-TJC Elder, James Ulmer