Supernatural Prayer Help
1.THE HOLY SPIRIT helps us in a variety of ways:
a) Praying in the Holy Spirit builds FAITH (Jude 20,1 Cor 12:9)
b) The Holy Spirit brings Scripture to our remembrance (John 14:26). The Word of God is the "sword of the Spirit" for us to use in prayer(Ephesians 6:17 & 18).
c)The Holy Spirit may touch our bodies as we pray and worship, as well as our minds, giving us more energy to be alert & persevere.
2."in the Spirit" vs "with the spirit":
In Ephesians 6:18, we are told to pray "in the Spirit at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests..."
The term "in the Spirit" is a much broader concept than "with the spirit" found in I Corinthians 14:15. In I Corinthians, Paul is referring to praying with the HUMAN spirit as the HOLY Spirit gives the utterance in another language. We can pray "in the Spirit" in our native language, in other tongues or in groaning (Rom.8:9).
3.Therefore, when you pray, EXPECT the Holy Spirit to lead you in any or all of three different ways:
a) In your native tongue - as you follow your prayer guide and prayer list
b) In other tongues - as you cast away all thought of speaking natural words,and, in faith, expect a supernatural moving by the Spirit. Then, when you feel the moving of the Spirit, your step of faith is to lift your voice and begin to speak whatever sounds come, with "reckless indifference" as to what those sounds are. You are doing the speaking, but the Holy Spirit supernaturally directs what is said. It may be a known language or the language "of angels". Your mind can "relax" as the Holy Spirit gives your human spirit a new freedom of expression in a language you have never learned. You are not in a trance or some worked up emotional frenzy. You can choose to stop speaking whenever you want.
c) In groanings too deep for words - the intensity of feeling is so great that no words, even "other tongues", can adequately express it. You have some idea of who or what you are praying for, but exactly what is being expressed you cannot say. Again, you are doing the "speaking", that is , you are opening your mouth in faith that the Holy Spirit will fill it. This time, however, instead of directing your mouth to speak in other tongues, the Spirit intercedes with groanings too deep for words.
REMEMBER: The Holy Spirit can guide you to pray for certain people or needs. He can inspire your mind as you pray in your native tongue. He can supernaturally enable your mind to "rest" as the Spirit gives your spirit a freedom of expression in some earthly or heavenly language you never learned with your mind. At times, the Holy Spirit can move upon you to intercede with groanings too deep for words.
Also, in times of intense prayer, God may even send an angel to strengthen you! ( Luke 22:43 - they strengthened Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, Hebrews 1:14 - they are sent to serve those who are heirs of salvation)