Engage Your Spirit in Prayer by by John Belt
By John Belt
By Patricia Bootsma
Prayer is like the engine of our lives that keeps us moving God's direction. It is our life with God, our communion or communication with Him. One of my favorite, and I have to admit "the easiest," way for me to connect with God in prayer is when I pray with my spirit. In the book of 1 Corinthians Paul taught us that we can pray with our spirit (in tongues) and with our understanding. Many times when I am praying with my spirit God will show me things to pray with my understanding.
1 Corinthians 14:14 "I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding."
You begin to hear God's voice when you pray in the spirit. You will receive impressions, inspiration and thoughts while praying. Praying in tongues is truly one of the best ways we can tap into what God is saying to us. When we initiate this engagement with God He pours on us the spirit of wisdom and revelation upon us, giving us direction and understanding for our lives.
Ephesians 1:17-18 "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened."
It is normal to hear God's voice. Sometimes it is just a matter of creating the environment or setting the atmosphere. Be intentional about setting time apart to seek the Lord.
When there are clogs in your spiritual drain it causes stagnancy. If the water of God's Presence is not flowing there could be a blockage making our spiritual waters dirty over time. It is important that we are able to recognize clogs and the things that clog quickly, seeing with the eyes of revelation. If we are not accustomed to experiencing the flow of God's Presence in our lives then it will be much harder to recognize when things are not as they should be. If oppression is what you are used to then spiritual clogs may not be obvious.
The wind of the Holy Spirit is always blowing, but there needs to be something for that wind to "blow into." God looks for us to put up our sails that His wind might blow into our sails to take us where He wants us. When we step out in new ways it is like putting up our sails for the winds of His Presence. It takes some effort on our part to find out just how to put up those sails. In our times with God the light of revelation gives us guidance on just what to do. God inspires us to do things that His wind might find something to blow upon.
God wants to open up the well of our spirit so that we can experience the fullness of His Spirit from the inside out. That begins with us connecting with Him, discovering intimacy and allowing His Spirit to make intercession through us. Ezekiel 43:2 "And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory." God's voice is powerful. When God speaks from heaven it shakes the earth with impact and force. If you can imagine the power of God's voice as exemplified in the beginning as He created the heavens and the earth along with everything in it. There is such power in the voice of God. God said, "Let there be light" and there it was as with everything else He spoke into existence.