Praying in the Spirit will Build You Up

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 1:20, NKJ).

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Praying in the Spirit is an effective tool given to us by God to build up our lives. It essentially means Spirit-led prayers, which include but are not limited to praying in tongues. But how do I pray in the Spirit?

First, it is important to understand the meaning of the words “in the Holy Spirit.” From what was the Spirit seeking to distinguish this sort of prayer? The Lord wants to catch our attention with the detail “in the Spirit” to emphasize that prayer must be Spirit-led. Contrary to Spirit-led prayer is praying in the flesh. Praying in the flesh does not necessarily mean we are asking for the wrong things from God. It simply means praying out of human ability, wisdom, and guidance. It is a mind-driven, soulish prayer. The Word has taught us that there is a distinction between activities arising from the human spirit, and those that originate from the natural soulish aspects of man (Hebrews 4:12).

The more we spend time praying and meditating on the Word, the more we will learn to yield to the Spirit in prayer. When a believer prays by the Spirit, tremendous power is unleashed. Prayer in the flesh will only wear us out and will not produce any results. Yield yourself to the Spirit in prayer.


What is an immediate result from praying in the Spirit as described in our scripture above? Declare: “I am yielding to the Spirit in prayer and growing up like a majestic edifice!”


Praying in tongues is only one form of praying in the Spirit but it is a CERTAIN way to know you are doing so. It will train you to pray Spirit-led prayers even when you use your natural language. Another simple way to pray in the Spirit is to pray the scriptures.


Ask the Lord to teach you how to completely yield to the Spirit in prayer this very day.

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