In this message I want you to see the importance of prayer. Let’t go to the book of Ephesians ( 6:18 ).
Notice that Paul instructs us to pray in the Spirit. This is the Holy Spirit, of course. We are to pray in his power, to receive the strength and spiritual insight he provides.
But this sounds rather ethereal. How do you know when you are praying in the Holy Spirit? Let me answer that by first pointing out that in the scriptures, being in the Spirit is always contrasted with being in the flesh.
So Paul is talking about the Spiritual environment in which we live.
If we are going to pray in the Spirit, We must be immersed in the environment of the Spirit.
In 1 Corinthians 2, Paul shows us what it means to be in a Holy Spirit environment. This is an important passage, so I want to quote at length:
Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him. For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the Spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
Those who live in a Spiritual – dominated environment are the ones to whom the things of God, even the deep things, are revealed. If we are going to pray in the Spirit and find authority and power for spiritual warfare,we will need the revealing work of the spirit to our hearts. So let us not focus on the words human wisdom, but on the words coming from the Spirit.