“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Ephesians 6:18
Just so you know, the phrase “praying in the Spirit” is mentioned two other times in the NT scripture: (I Corinthians 14:15 and Jude 1:20)
So the real question is how do we pray in the spirit?
Before we answer the question let’s first define the phrase “pray in”. The Greek word translated “pray in” can have several different meanings. It can mean “by means of,” “with the help of,” “in the sphere of,” and “in connection to.” Praying in the Spirit does not refer to the words we are saying. Rather, it refers to how we are praying. Praying in the Spirit is praying according to the Spirit’s leading. It is praying for things the Spirit leads us to pray for. Romans 8:26 tells us, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”
That being said, God’s throne is always open. I can’t stress enough how critically important your prayer life is, especially in a world riddled with sin. Consistently connecting with God is like putting on a daily shield that insulates you from the enemy’s fiery arrows and blows. We are helpless in a world that we can’t control. Turn to God: pray, pray, and pray. This is your strongest defensive weapon!