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Praying In The Spirit

21 Question Test of Spiritual Maturity
Praying in the Spirit
Fact: As the critical times draw near, Christians have to pray for spiritual strength and focus.  Praying in your native language is good, but the Father has provided the gift of praying in the Spirit, which is also known as speaking in tongues (Acts 1).
 
Who is Holy Spirit?
First of all, Holy Spirit is a person and not a thing. He is the third member of the Holy Trinity which also includes God our Father and His Son Jesus. The Lord has given us the gift of Holy Spirit who is a Gift that keeps on giving (Acts 2, Acts 10:44).
 
Why Did Holy Spirit Come?
John 16:7 (Amplified Bible)    
However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].
 
Christians need Holy Spirit.  He came to be an ever present resource to us.  He is an Inner Counselor who convicts us and who is our Guide.  Holy Spirit only speaks what the Word says.  He reveals our future and gives us power over spiritual wickedness.  Praying in the Spirit is a separate experience which involves speaking in tongues. As we pray in the Spirit, we can get delivered.  Our prayer in the spirit, is evidence that God is in us (Luke 11:13).  Any Christian who desires Holy Spirit can have Him in his or her life.  When we welcome the Holy Spirit into our lives, we become witnesses and are given power—even to raise the dead (Acts 1:8)!
                                                                                
Acts 19: 1-7 (Amplified Bible)                                                                                                                                                1 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul went through the upper inland districts and came down to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. 2 And he asked them, did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed [on Jesus as the Christ]? And they said, No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit. 3 And he asked, into what [baptism] then were you baptized? They said, Into John’s baptism. 4 And Paul said, John baptized with the baptism of repentance, continually telling the people that they should believe in the One Who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus [having a conviction full of joyful trust that He is Christ, the Messiah, and being obedient to Him]. 5 On hearing this they were baptized [again, this time] in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And as Paul laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke in [foreign, unknown] tongues (languages) and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve of them in all.
 
Love,
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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