Pray in the Spirit

Quote; “We are to pray in the Spirit, with the understanding also, and God will prompt the longings of the soul, and satisfy the desires of the heart. We must become intelligent as to the conditions upon which God will hear and answer prayer. There are many useless, meaningless words employed in prayer, but these heartless petitions are not acceptable, and cannot prevail with God. If the soul is stained with impurity, if iniquity is cherished in the heart, the offering of prayer is an abomination to God.”  {ST, 16/12/1889} 

Quote; “When God’s messengers recognize their responsibilities toward the needy portions of the Lord’s vineyard, and in the spirit of the Master Worker labour untiringly for the conversion of souls, the angels of God will prepare the way before them, and the means necessary for the carrying forward of the work will be provided. Those who are enlightened will give freely to support the work done in their behalf. They will respond liberally to every call for help, and the Spirit of God will move upon their hearts to sustain the Lord’s cause not only in the home fields, but in the regions beyond. Thus strength will come to the working forces in other places, and the work of the Lord will advance in His own appointed way.”  {AA 357}

Quote; “There is tactful work for the under-shepherd to do as he is called to meet alienation, bitterness, envy, and jealousy in the church, and he will need to labour in the spirit of Christ to set things in order. Faithful warnings are to be given, sins rebuked, wrongs made right, not only by the minister’s work in the pulpit, but by personal labour. The wayward heart may take exception to the message, and the servant of God may be misjudged and criticized. Let him then remember that “the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” James 3:17-18.  {AA 526} 

Quote; “No one can search the Scriptures in the spirit of Christ without being rewarded. When man is willing to be instructed as a little child, when he submits wholly to God, he will find the truth in His word. If men would be obedient, they would understand the plan of God’s government. The heavenly world would open its chambers of grace and glory for exploration. Human beings would be altogether different from what they now are, for by exploring the mines of truth men would be ennobled. The mystery of redemption, the incarnation of Christ, His atoning sacrifice, would not be as they are now, vague in our minds. They would be not only better understood, but altogether more highly appreciated.”  {COL 114} 

Quote; “But the heart that is surrendered to God, loves the truth of God’s word; for through the truth the soul is regenerated. The carnal mind finds no pleasure in contemplating the word of God, but he who is renewed in the spirit of his mind, sees new charms in the living oracles; for divine beauty and celestial light seem to shine in every passage. That which was to the carnal mind a desolate wilderness, to the spiritual mind becomes a land of living streams. That which to the unrenewed heart appeared a barren waste, to the converted soul becomes the garden of God, covered with fragrant buds and blooming flowers.”  {CE 79}

Quote; “From anyone who persists in stubbornness and self-will, God will remove His Spirit, and another will wear the crown that was for him.  God accepts only those who will learn of Christ, those who study His word, learning lessons of meekness and lowliness of heart, lessons of obedience, willingness to do his work in God’s way, not their finite way.” {ChL 11}

To “Pray in the Spirit” is to commune with God in exactly the same way as Jesus Christ does, and especially the “Holy Spirit.”  Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”  We need to remember that “God is God,” he is in charge and we are his servants.  You hear so many people talking and praying and it almost appears that they are the Boss and God is the slave that just works for them, doing everything that they demand, they act more like spoilt children who must always get their way.

To “Pray in the Spirit” is to also live “In the Spirit” which means that our thoughts, acts and words are all just the same as if Jesus Christ was there beside us, and God has our very best interests at heart.  Quote; “Above the distractions of the earth He sits enthroned; all things are open to His divine survey; and from His great and calm eternity He orders that which His providence sees best.  {FLB 42}  

Dear Reader; God has planned that you always receive the very best, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and all the Angels are doing all they can for you, maybe we should pray more often, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven.” Matthew 6:10.            We need to pray daily, to “Pray in the Spirit,” Father, I am your Child, live out your life within me, that your will, will be done in my life today, and forever after.