Praying in the Spirit

BY REV. DORAL PULLEY, Today’s Church Tampa Bay

“Building yourselves up on your most holy faith praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 1:20).”

Prayer has several languages. You are free to utilize the best prayer language for your situation. Sometimes you need to pray in your native language so that you can hear yourself pray and allow the words that you are speaking to be cathartic for you. It is also important when praying with others to pray in a language they understand so that they hear you fully and participate wholeheartedly in the experience (I Corinthians 14:14-15).

There are other times when you need to pray in the Spirit or pray in our heavenly language because you are not sure what to pray for or clear about the specific outcome you desire. When you pray in the Spirit, you pray the perfect will of God. The Holy Spirit draws you to connect with your spirit within on a much deeper level (Romans 8:26-28). When you feel low or torn down by others, build yourself up by praying in the Spirit.

Praying in the Spirit transcends religious lines. Most faith traditions have a form of prayer that takes you out of your head and causes you to get in touch with your spirit, the real you. Another term for praying in the Spirit is chanting. I became aware of this when I was watching the movie of Tina Turner’s life, What’s Love Got to Do with It. Tina had her spiritual awakening looking in the mirror and doing the Buddhist chant. She was able to get clear about who she was, what her purpose was, and how to get out of an abusive marriage.

Try praying in the Spirit and using the Prayer Tool of Forgiving as symbolized by the vice grip pliers to let go of any deep-seated issues that you have not been able to release up until this point.

Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Today’s Church Tampa Bay, 940 5th Ave. S, St. Petersburg (Staybridge Suites) and 5107 North Central Ave., Tampa.

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