Episode 172

Prayer 2021 - June 23 - What is Praying in the Spirit

Scripture For Today:

 Mark 1:35

 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

What is Praying in the Spirit? 

We have been studying about the Holy Spirit’s presence as a helper in our prayer time. Yesterday, we touched on praying with inarticulate speech and groanings in the spirit.

But, just what does it mean to be “praying in the Spirit?” So, I figured I would touch on that today.

Many times, we are so busy in our own personal lives, our natural minds are swamped with so many things, we let the natural start to control our Spiritual thoughts. This will stop us from operating of being in a constant state of prayer, as Jesus taught us to do.

That does not mean you are going to be walking around praying 24 hours per day. But we should be in a constant state of communication with God, listening for His promptings as we go through our daily life.

Ephesians 6:18 tells us, “Praying always, with all prayer and supplication IN the Spirit…”

Notice the phrase, “…in the Spirit.”  Christian are doing a lot of praying sometimes, but not too much of it “in the Spirit.” Many people are just going through the motions of prayer.

What does it mean to be “praying in the Spirit?” As I said, praying in the Spirit is prayer that comes out of your inner man – your spirit – rather than out of your mind. It is prayer inspired and directed by the Holy Spirit, whether in a known or unknown language.

We know that tongues can and should be used in prayer.

I Corinthians 14:2 says, “For he that speaks in an unknown tongue does not speak unto men, but unto God: for no man understands him; howbeit, in the Spirit, he speaks mysteries…”

Prophecy can be used in prayer, too. Prophecy is an inspired utterance in a known tongue. Tongues is an inspired utterance in an UNKNOWN tongue. Both prophecy and tongues are inspirational gifts of the Holy Spirit. 

Prophecy is speaking supernaturally out of your spirit as the Holy Spirit gives utterances in a known tongue. Diverse kinds of tongues is speaking out of your spirit by the Holy Spirit in an unknown tongue – unknown to you, that is.

Prophecy is equivalent to tongues and the interpretation of tongues. Tongues and the interpretation of tongues is prophecy in its varied manifestation. Both are inspired utterances. 

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:5, “…greater is he that prophesies than he that speaks with tongues, except he interprets, that the church may receive edifying.”

This means that if a person speaks in tongues and interprets, he is on the same level, Spiritually, as he who prophesies. If words mean anything, that is what Paul is saying here.

Amen!

Let’s Pray!

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Bob Thibodeau

Pastor Robert Thibodeau has been in online ministry since starting his own podcast in mid-2009. Within about six months, he was offered a slot on nationwide Christian AM radio. His broadcast was heard in four major markets for one year.

He then started what today is called, "Evangelism Radio" and went live 24/7 beginning on October 4, 2010 and continues to this day. Now with over 50 broadcasters submitting programming on a weekly basis, Evangelism Radio has listeners in over 160 nations and all 50 states. It was also ranked by Shoutcast.com as #1 in the world in the Christian Talk genre on many occasions.

In late 2017, Pastor Bob began an interview style podcast called "The Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast." On this podcast, Pastor Bob interviews Christians from various walks of life on how they use their Faith to achieve success. Authors, recording artists, business CEO's, non-profit leaders and pastors and ministers frequent the show and provide amazing insight to build your faith. In only 3 years time, The KCR Podcast has published almost 900 episodes and Pastor Bob conducted over 700 interviews!

In early 2018, in response to the lack of any Christian themed podcast hosting platform in the market place, Pastor Bob coordinated with the iconic Mark Asquith and his team, with the result being "FaithCasters.net." A "Christian podcast hosting and marketing company created by Christians for Christians."

Due to the immense success Pastor Bob has achieved in the online ministry world, he is often asked by others "How to start a podcast." Not wanting to refer Christian brothers and sisters back into the world for help in establishing a Christian themed podcast, he started to develop the "Podcast-Training" platform offered through our ministry. He conducts training on a weekly basis to assist others in the development of their own personal podcast as well as ministry related podcasts that can air on Evangelism Radio.

Now, he has placed all of this information under one website location, "Podcasters for Christ." This makes it easier for other Christians to find the services they need in one spot rather than having to visit several different websites.

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