What is Prayer? How do we Pray in the Spirit?

Bill Hitchcock October 7, 2013 0
What is Prayer? How do we Pray in the Spirit?

Prayer is a vital part of our Christian life. Prayer is as essential to our spiritual relationship to God as breath is essential to life. It’s why the word “spirit” in both Old Testament Hebrew (ruwach) and New Testament Greek (pneuma) means both spirit and breath. Prayer is the language in which we speak heart to heart, spirit to spirit with God.

The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:18 tells us we should be, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit”.

Apostle John tells us that that the hour is now when, “the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

pray prayerWhat is Prayer? How do we pray in the Spirit?

“Prayer is the language of dependence; he who prays not, is endeavoring to live independently of God,” according to Adam Clarke from his commentaries on Matthew 6:5. He goes on to say, “Ye are dependent on God for every good; without him ye can do nothing; feel that dependence at all times, and ye will always be in the spirit of prayer; and those who feel this spirit will, as frequently as possible, be found in the exercise of prayer,” Adam Clarke on 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Being dependent on God keeps us in the Spirit of God which will perpetually lead us in prayer to God. But all of this is dependent upon our faith in Him. Action is the test of value. No faith, no prayer. Little faith, little prayer.  Little or no prayer life leads to a life little affected by the power of God.

All things are possible through Christ. If you have faith in him you should, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and pray big! “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear” (Isaiah 59:1)

Think about this when you go to pray. God hears you. There is nothing too big or too small for God. Unlike man, what God says and what God does is the same thing. You want to know what God can do for you. Read his word. Read the Bible.

What Prayer is Not

What prayer is not is an incantation. Prayer is not a magic spell or charm. Recitation of empty words carries little or no weight. God is looking for the heart and soul of those spirit filled messages coming from you to him.

“A true prayer is an inventory of needs, a catalog of necessities, an exposure of secret wounds, a revelation of hidden poverty” Charles Spurgeon.

Prayer is highly personal. We only reveal our deepest secrets, troubles and desires to those closest to us. That’s exactly what God is asking us to do. “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee” (Psalms 55:22)

“Casting all your care (worry/trouble) upon him; for he careth (loves) for you” (1 Peter 5:7)

God loves us all. Jesus asks us to love the father in return.

“Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength” (Mark 12:30)

We show our love to God through prayer. God in turn, reciprocates.

God said, “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” Psalm 91:14-16

What God says and what God does is the same thing. He asks us to call upon him, to pray to him. God says that he will answer. Have you bowed your head in prayer and placed a call to God lately?

Bill Hitchcock


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