This past Sunday Pastor James continued our discussion of prayer and the Holy Spirit in the book of Ephesians. Here Paul exhorts us to pray at all times in the Spirit with all our prayers and petitions.

Opening Scripture

Read Ephesians 6:18-20

No battle that we face should be fought without much prayer or as Paul refer to it, all prayer and petition.

Ephesians 6:18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

There is diversity in prayer and that is one of the greatest weapons we have been given – the ability to pray “in the Spirit.”

John 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

We are to worship Him in both our spiritual language as well as with our understanding.

When we talk about worshipping in Spirit we are talking about communicating with Him Spirit to spirit.

The biggest benefit you have when you pray with understanding is that you have the opportunity to vent to God all the scared, broken and messed up stuff so that once you get it out, He can fill you up.


Romans 8:26-27 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Praying in the Spirit is for those times when I don’t trust my own intellect.

I don’t know if I should be praying “God get me out of this” or “God get this out of me.”

Paul refers to this as our spirit communicating mysteries to God.

1 Corinthians 14:2  For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.

This is your spirit’s way of getting you out of the way so it can communicate directly with the Creator.

Read 1 Corinthians 14:14-18

Paul speaks of it as common. This was a daily thing not done for show and primarily for his own edification in those private times with God.

v. 4 One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself;

Paul specifically says that He will continue to do both.

“I will” means we have been given the control over this.



If you do not have a prayer language and you are a Christian, all you have to do is ask.

Luke 11:13  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?

If you ask Him, He will give it to you because it is for you.

Why pray in the Spirit:
– to bring peace
– to pray for things I don’t know how to pray for
– to be built up

God’s given you a gift. You can receive it or leave it wrapped. It’s up to you.


Discussion Questions:

– Praying in the Spirit helps us to pray when we don’t know what to say. When was a time you remember that you needed to pray for something but didn’t know what to pray?

– What are some of your fears or barriers that you face that keep you from asking the Holy Spirit to give you a prayer language?