Natural and ordinary problems start in a supernatural place. Every problem we are able to see begins with unseen forces.
Ephesians 6:12 (NLT) For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
If we are ever going to learn to overcome these unseen forces we must learn to pray from a position of power.
Ephesians 6:18 (NLT) Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
I am sure that sounds a little intimidating. When we first begin our journey following Jesus there is so much we do not know. And, praying in the Spirit is a key to learning those things and achieving victory in our lives. So don’t worry, it’s easier than you think.
Romans 8:26 (NLT) And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.
Dependence upon the Holy Spirit is all that is required to pray in the Spirit. That means that we don’t know what is best. We cannot discern what needs to happen. When we pray we depend upon the Holy Spirit to take the thoughts and concerns of our lives and turn them into answers that are best.
Praying in the Holy Spirit is in its simplest form receiving from God.
That is why Build Ordinary Faith isn’t about asking God for a building. It’s about receiving what God has for us. We often pray instructions to God and requests that we believe are best for us. And, that is okay, it’s just that God knows what we need better than we do. He often takes those requests and answers them in better ways. In one way, praying in the Spirit is skipping the requests that may not be what we need. It is waiting on God what He knows will bring us closer to Him.