Scripture For Today:
“Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”
What Jude Had to Say About Prayer
These past several sessions we have been learning what various Apostles had to say about prayer. We started with Paul, then Peter, then John and also James. Now, I want to look at one of the shortest chapters in the Bible, written by the Apostle Jude, and see what he had to say about prayer.
Let’s read from Jude 20:
“But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost…”
Praying in the Holy Spirit is praying in the Holy Ghost – the term Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost are interchangeable. So Jude, right here is talking about praying in the Spirit.
What Jude said here, agrees with what we already learned Paul said to Church at Corinth. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:4,
“He that speaks in an unknown talk EDIFIES himself…”
Speaking or praying in tongues edifies YOU. The word “edify” means to build up. So, praying in tongues edifies, or builds up, the believer.
Now, we see in Jude 20, it says, “But you, beloved, BUILDING UP YOURSELVES on your most Holy Faith, praying in the Holy Spirit…”
Praying in the Holy Spirit is a means of spiritual edification and a way to spiritually “build yourself up” or in other words “get stronger in the faith.”
This will not “GIVE YOU FAITH,” because Romans 10:17 clearly says that Faith only comes by “hearing the Word of God.” But praying in the Holy Ghost helps you to BUILD UP the Faith you already have. Amen!
I believe we are foolish to try and take a text out of the context of its setting and try to prove something with it. I’ve seen some pastors take Jude 20 and try to prove that praying in tongues GIVES us faith. But that is not what this verse says.
Again, Romans 10:17 clearly tells us that Faith ONLY comes from “hearing, and hearing from the Word of God.” Amen.
Praying in tongues, or the Holy Ghost, helps you to BUILD up the Faith you already have. Amen!
I want to pray for you right now that you are grasping this context of Jude 20 and that you will start to pray in other tongues during your prayer time. This will help to build yourself up, spiritually, into a powerful man or woman of God. One that the devil will tremble at YOUR presence and one that God the Father can bless – because He sees how powerful in the Spirit you have become.
Beloved, I pray above all else, that YOU would prosper and be in health, even as you mind, your will and your emotions prosper – so YOU can share the Gospel with others and tell them what wonderful things Jesus has done for you – once you accepted Him as your Savior. Most important of all – is the forgiveness of your sins and the Gift of everlasting life. Amen!
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