Jude 1:20-21 (NET) But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith, by praying in the Holy Spirit, maintain yourselves in the love of God, while anticipating the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that brings eternal life.
Jessica desperately wanted Emeka to marry her. She prayed about this with fastings, prayed in tongues for hours, and made prophetic declarations. The only problem was that Emeka was already married to Cynthia, but Jessica wanted Emeka to leave Cynthia and marry her. Even though Jessica was praying those prayers in tongues, she was not praying in the Holy Spirit, and her prayers were fruitless.
One of the most important spiritual maintenance requirements for every believer is prayer. Prayer is to your spirit man what breathing and exercise are to your physical body. One physical thing we do without ceasing is breathing. We are also expected to pray without ceasing(see 1 Thess 5:17). This is only possible with the help of the Holy Spirit. Prayer should not just be an event where you call heaven and hang up (as likened to a telephone call). You should keep the call line open and never hang up. You should maintain constant communion with God through the Holy Spirit (who now dwells in you). This is praying in the Holy Spirit.
If you have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, you have been given a spiritual gift that makes it so much easier for you to pray in the Holy Ghost. Praying in tongues is one of the surest ways of praying in the Holy Spirit if your heart is right. But if your motive for prayer is wrong, you will not be praying in the Holy Spirit even if you’re praying in tongues. For example, Jessica was not praying in the Holy Spirit even though she was speaking high-frequency tongues.
Go into today remembering that a very important spiritual maintenance requirement for you is praying in the Holy Spirit. Don’t hang up the heavenly call line. Devote time daily to praying fervently. This is one sure way you recharge your spirit with the power of God.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
Bible in 1 Year: Proverbs 25 (in today’s audio)
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