Building Up Yourselves on Your Most Holy Faith, Praying in the Holy Ghost

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 20, KJV)

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Seeking growth in your spiritual gifts, the fruit of the Spirit, or overall spiritual maturity? Jude points us towards a transformative practice: praying in the Holy Ghost. This verse invites us to delve into the concepts of “building up,” “most holy faith,” and “praying in the Holy Ghost,” enriching our understanding of spiritual development.

“Building up” suggests enhancing our Christian life, grounded on our foundational “most holy faith” through praying in the Holy Spirit. This process mirrors constructing a building upon a foundation already laid, where each prayer adds to our spiritual structure, enhancing attributes like joy, faith, and wisdom. Consider Jesus, who exemplified growth in “wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52, KJV).

Our foundation, “our most holy faith”, represents not just personal belief but the entirety of Christian doctrine and the transformative work God accomplishes in us through Christ. Upon this foundation, we are called to grow, echoing Peter’s exhortation to add virtues like knowledge and self-control to our faith:

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge…” (2 Peter 1:5–6, KJV)

The means to this growth is prayer, specifically “praying in the Holy Ghost”. This encompasses more than praying in tongues, although it certainly includes it; it involves prayer led by the Holy Spirit beyond human ability, agenda, or effort. As Paul notes, such prayer is aided by the Holy Spirit, aligning our desires with God’s will (Romans 8:26).

In essence, prayer, empowered by the Holy Spirit, catalyzes spiritual growth, infusing our lives with divine virtues.


Consider the profound impact of Jude 20 on your spiritual life. Are you actively building upon the foundation laid by God in your life?

Apply the Word

Growth comes through Spirit-led prayer. Engage in Spirit-led prayers, including both praying in tongues and praying with your Spirit-quickened understanding.


Seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance in your prayer life, asking for effective prayer that fosters spiritual growth and builds upon your holy faith.

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