Devotional: Praying the Holy Spirit’s prayer
We are exploring the different ways God's Spirit helps us in prayer. In Psalm 81:10 the Lord says to His people:
“I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt: open your mouth wide and I will fill it .” (NAS)
Sometimes we don’t know what we’re going to pray. I don’t know if you’ve ever been in that situation, you just open your mouth and let the Lord give you the prayer. Let Him pray it through you. That’s one of the ways sometimes that you can discover God’s will. When you begin to pray something that you never thought of praying, maybe about yourself or a certain situation, that’s the prayer the Holy Spirit has given you, that’s the revelation of God’s will.
Another form om supernatural prayer can be found in 1 Corinthians 14:14–15, where Paul is speaking about praying in an unknown tongue, entirely supernatural, possible only through the Holy Spirit, and he says this:
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind: I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. (NIV)
When Paul says, “I will pray with my spirit,” or “sing with my spirit,” he means, “I’ll pray words given me by the Holy Spirit in an unknown tongue, words that I do not understand.” But he also says that’s not the only way I’m going to pray and sing, it’s just one kind of way.
God has given you your mind to pray with, but the Holy Spirit can sometimes go beyond your mind.
Lord God, Heavenly Father, you know our tendencies as a human being. We like to be in control. Sometimes, even our prayers are a way of trying to control you! Forgive me my foolishness and pride. I want to pray according to your will, led by your Holy Spirit, even if that means praying a ‘foolish’ prayer that doesn’t seem to make sense. All I want is to honor You and to see your name glorified. Amen.
This devotional is taken from: The Holy Spirit in You
Also recommended: How to be Led by the Holy Spirit