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Dr. Jay P. Cook, Pastor

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“Praying in the Spirit”
Eph 6:18-20


Intro
Some people pray in their car. Some people pray in their rooms. Some pray in their office, in their shower, or in their pajamas’.  Some people pray in their heads, others pray in spoken words, and some even pray in languages they have never learned. Most of us pray in times of need, in times of sorrow, in times of desperation. Many of us pray in times of joy and celebration and thankfulness. Some pray in public, others pray in private. We pray in our minds, we pray in our hearts, we pray in our feelings, and we pray in our spirits.

Those are all good things to pray in – but I want to add one more: from Scripture, Eph 6:18: “pray in the Spirit”.
The last 2 weeks we have celebrated Palm Sunday and Easter. But prior to that we had looked intensely at the putting on our spiritual armor and talked at length about being in a spiritual warfare.  This morning I want to talk about another weapon that we have and that is prayer.  So we remember what we have been studying listen as Carl reads Ephesians 6:10-20

Ephesians 6:10-20 (NIV)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Background - Let me remind you what we have looked at:

“In the Spirit” Depending on your Christian background there may be a difference in the interpretation. What do you think that means, to “pray in the Spirit”? Notice the capital “s” on Spirit – that indicates that Scripture is talking about the Holy Spirit, not our spirits. So the passage is saying, “Pray in the Holy Spirit”. But what does that mean? What does that look like?

 


“Normalizing” the Spirit - The Holy Spirit is not about sensationalism. That is what we often associate with talk of the Holy Spirit – weird, out-of-control, “super”-natural, sensationalism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Illustration: I heard about this lady who locked herself out of her car with the keys inside. She finds a coat hanger on the ground. But she doesn’t know how to use it to get the car door open. So she says “Dear Lord, please send someone to help me.”

Five minutes later, an old rusty car pulls up, and a big burly guy with tattoos and a bandana gets out. The woman is thinking, "Lord, this is the help you’re sending me?"

The guy takes the coat hanger, and he opens the car door in like 30 seconds. The woman gives the guy a hug and says “You’re a nice man! Thank you so much!” Probably he hadn’t had a hug in years. 

He says “Lady, I’m not a nice man. I served two years in prison for car theft, and I just got out about three hours ago."

The woman hugged the man again and with tears she says "Thank you God! You even sent me a professional!"

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:
Let me end here: John 14:12-14 (NIV) 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

 

So as you go this week, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”

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