Devotional 8/12

So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. 1 Corinthians 14:15

Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God.
Mother Teresa

God’s holy spirit is the third person of God’s oneness. Once we accept Jesus Christ as Lord, the spirit seals us for the day when He returns. The holy spirit was the promise Jesus made, after he resurrected from the dead and his disciples begged him not to go back to heaven. He said It is good that I leave, because I will send you He who will be with you always. See Jesus was God in a human body, so He was limited to being in one place at one time. But when He said I will send you the Holy spirit, I will send you He who will be with you at all times! Holy spirit is the comforter, the helper, the counselor, the lawyer, the teacher.

When the scriptures tell us to pray in the spirit, or our minds it makes it obvious that there are differences in HOW we pray. To pray in the Spirit is to be led of God’s leading, not our mind. Holy spirit prays for us, encourages and corrects us, convicts us, he reveals truth to us, gives us understanding of the bible, lets us know there is a difference between God, Satan and the flesh. Sometimes holy spirit prays in tongues, other times he prays with different groanings which we cannot exactly say are words. He also has us pray in tears, or takes us in visions.

  • “Pray in” in Greek is translated into “with the help of,” or “in connection to.”
  • Praying with the mind is using the reasoning faculty (the mind, the reason, the reasoning faculty, intellect)

Let’s pray:

Lord God, thank you for your presence and your faithfulness towards us. May your grace continue to walk with us, and strengthen as your disciples and servants. May your grace have us become more like you and have the desire and ability to surrender to you more each day. I thank you for your company, and the time you invest in me and our relationship. I pray everyone who reads this today is able to spend time in your presence and recognize your presence more each day. In Jesus name, Amen. 

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