Spiritual Growth

Prayer Principles – By the Spirit

We are looking at overarching principles that apply to all kinds of prayer that we might pray.

First we find that prayer is to made: TO THE FATHER.

Second, it should be offered: IN THE NAME (AND AUTHORITY) OF JESUS.

The third important point is that prayer should be made: IN (OR BY) THE SPIRIT.

Prayer should be ‘in the Spirit’

“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints–” (Eph 6:18 NKJV)

Although the scriptures often refer specifically to praying in tongues as praying ‘in the spirit’, more generally it refers to all prayer.  God is a Spirit (John 4:24) and must be addressed as such.

All truly effective prayer proceeds from the heart (the spirit) of man, not the head.  Intelligence is involved, but a purely ‘mental’ prayer will not affect the spiritual world at all. Our mind may conceive the request we desire to make to our Father, but when expressed it must come from our spirit, not just our head.

In this way all prayer is ‘in the spirit’ because all prayer is essentially spiritual. Prayer is a spiritual transaction that moves the invisible world, which in turn affects the physical world around us. The world we see, smell, taste and touch is subject to greater powers that are not visible to the eye.  As a Covenant child of God, you have the power to affect this invisible world and thereby totally change the temporal world around you.

Read and consider 2 Corinthians 4:18 today:

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal (meaning subject to change); but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Go change your world through the power of Christ…

About the Author:

David Lee Martin is a pastor and webmaster of www.jesuschrist.co.uk. Follow David on Twitter: @davidleemartin. Subscribe to David’s Youtube Channel: youtube.com/jclivingstream

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