Praying in the Spirit
On this page we explore the benefits of praying in the Spirit - what it is, together with various bible references to this type of prayer. Also featured here are short articles on "praying in tongues", "singing in the Spirit" and a prayer to the Holy Spirit.
How to Pray in the Spirit
1. Be led by God
as you pray:-
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God. For you didn’t receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
Rom 8:14-15 (WEB)
If we are led by the Spirit of God, God will lead us naturally to pray, amongst many other things in life - for example - the work we do or where we travel to. Paul was led by the spirit to go to Jerusalem and Rome:-
Now after these things had ended, Paul determined in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, "After I have been there, I must also see Rome."
(Acts 19:21 NHEB)
We also know that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11
2. Pray with power
Jesus promised that the disciples would "receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon"
them. (Acts 1:8 NLT) When we pray in the Spirit we are being moved by Him. Where we are naturally weak, God is strong and able to help us as we pray (Rom 8:26
). Here is a song for inviting God's power to come upon you as you pray:-
3. There may or may not be language
Whilst Paul makes it clear that if we are led by the Spirit, we can cry "Abba! Father", (e.g. words) he also observes that the Spirit will led us in prayer "with groanings to deep for words"
(Rom 8:26 ESV)
• 4. All prayer
is to be Spirit led (Eph 6:18
It's not just about "speaking in tongues" (Acts 2:4
), although this may be a part of it. All prayer - both for yourself and others in intercession, is to be guided by the Spirit. Otherwise we risk falling into meaningless babble or ritual - something that Jesus was careful to warn us against (Matthew 6:7
To help you as you pray in the Spirit:-
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Guidance
Holy Spirit, Come!
Dwell in my heart.
Illuminate my mind.
Direct my footsteps.
Be my guide.
(a prayer to be guided by the Holy Spirit from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
(A traditional Catholic prayer)
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations,
Through Christ Our Lord,
Singing In The Spirit
This is a practise similar in nature to "praying in spirit", in that it is the Spirit of God that leads the believer in prayer and worship. A period of "singing in the spirit" in corporate worship usually involves spontanous and improvised singing in tongues and/or singing in the native language of the believer. It frequently centres around one musical chord that it held for a long period, forming a "drone" on which the singing takes place. The resultant sound can at times form a very beautiful cacophony.