Praying in the Spirit and Understanding

Prayer is effective! God has made a way for us to pray powerful prayers that are dangerously destructive to the kingdom of darkness, and extremely accurate and effective for His perfect will to be done in any circumstance.  We do this by praying in tongues, our heavenly language given to us when we received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  When we pray in the Holy Spirit, God’s Spirit prays His perfect will through us, bypassing our own intellect and reasoning. That’s why Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:14, “For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive [it bears no fruit and helps nobody].”. In the very next verse, he explains how we can pray in the spirit in a way that engages our minds so that we can sense what He is praying through us. The Passion Translation says, “For if I am praying in a tongue, my spirit is engaged in prayer, but I have no clear understanding of what is being said. So here’s what I’ve concluded. I will pray in the Spirit, but I will also pray with my mind engaged. I will sing rapturous praises in the Spirit, but I will also sing with my mind engaged.”. Instead of our minds being distracted in every other direction while we pray in the spirit, we can engage them in what is being prayed from our spirits by the Holy Spirit.  We can sense what He is saying, and it builds our faith.  We are able to pray in the spirit and our understanding at the same time by simply engaging our minds. The Spirit prompts our minds with spontaneous thoughts that align with what He is praying from our spirits.  This way He directs us with His wisdom and His will concerning the matter we are praying about.  Since it is all inspired by Him, the thoughts that come into our understanding are loaded with His faith, peace, joy, and power!  So, when we cross over from praying in the spirit and praying in our own language – those Holy Spirit inspired words are released into the atmosphere with the power to change whatever needs to be changed to bring the victory required. Praise God for this powerful gift of praying accurate and effective prayers for His kingdom!