What Does ‘Praying In The Spirit’ Means?

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According to the Bible, the term praying in the spirit is a type of prayer with divine help. When you pray in the spirit, you out your faith in God and trust that, He will hear and answer your prayers. The Holy Scripture also tells us that, praying in the spirit is a special gift to be attained through faith in Christ.


Praying in the Spirit Verses 

  • “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 Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18).
  • “But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,” (Jude 1:20).
  • “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 through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26).

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How Do You Pray In The Spirit?

Have a Sincere Heart When Praying To God 

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God says in John 4: 24 that “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth”

“Prayer is not a case of just going through the motions, following procedure, or reciting the words of God. That is to say, praying is not parroting certain words and it is not imitating others. In prayer, one must reach the state where one’s heart can be given to God, laying open one’s heart so that it may be moved by God.”

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Pray With a Humble Heart

Jesus Christ told this parable in Luke 18:10–14: “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank You, that I am not as other men are, extortionists, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote on his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted”.

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Have Reason and Stand in the Place of a Created Being in Prayer

The Bible gives us an account of Jesus Christ’s three prayers while he was in Gethsemane before he was crucified, “And He went a little farther, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as You will. … He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Your will be done. … [He] prayed the third time, saying the same words” (Matthew 26:39–44).


Never Pray Only for Our Own Needs

Jesus says in Matthew 6:9-13 “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:31–33). “After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen”.

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