|Romans 12:11-13 |
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing always in prayer;4
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
4 Praying always — but in the spirit. Prayers from your carnal mind are an abomination to God. Prayers from the Spirit, are prayers with words supplied by the Spirit of God within you.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching in this with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. Eph 6:18
Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities for we do not know what we should pray for as we should, but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Rom 8:26
Isaac Penington gives us an excellent insight into praying in the Spirit:
I shall instance only in prayer. "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit." Eph 6:18. Mark all prayer and supplication must be in the Spirit; yes, it must be always in the Spirit, which speaks in the heart to God, and makes the intercession, or it is no prayer. If a man speaks ever so much from his own spirit, with ever so much earnestness and affection, yet it is no prayer, no true prayer, but only so far as the Spirit moves to it, and so far as the Spirit leads and guides in it. If a man begins without the Spirit, or goes on without the Spirit, this is out of the worship; this is in his own will, and so will-worship; and according to his own understanding, and so fleshly worship; both which are to be crucified, and not to be followed in anything under the gospel.
Until you have words supplied by the Spirit, listen silently for his teachings and instructions. How can you hear when you are telling him what you want him to do. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. Matthew 6:7-8.
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10.
Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord. Zech 2:13.
In repentance and rest you are saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength. Isa 30:15.
The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63.
And if you don't get quiet to listen, how are you going to hear, so that you might attain life?