“We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”
When we pray in the Spirit, the Spirit of God intercedes for us according to whatever Gods will is. Back up a little. The verse says that the Holy Spirit searches our hearts. 1 Corinthians 2:10 also says that the Spirit searches “all things.” Since the Spirit of God searches our hearts, He already understands what we don’t even know how to say. He knows what we want, we need, He knows how we hurt and what we long for…he searches every feeling we have! Think about that. The Spirit of God also knows His will for our lives. God’s Spirit aligns our heart’s desires and God’s will, and prays that for that to come to pass!
We don’t have to be afraid of God’s will. The Spirit of God prays for what we need and aligns our hearts with His own. If we desire something that really isn’t Gods best, then the Spirit gives us the ability to let go of what we think we want, so we can receive something so much better.
When you pray in the Spirit, no demon can understand you. This gives you the advantage of surprise. Praying in the Spirit is communicating directly to God – you are speaking mysteries. When you pray in the Spirit, you are getting out the big guns!
“For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy….For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding
(1 Corinthians 14:2-5, 14:14-15)
This verse is saying that in our repertoire of spiritual warfare, praying in the Spirit has an important place, along with prophesying, and praying so that people can understand. This verse also says outright that praying in the Spirit is the same as praying in tongues, and that praying in the Spirit (or tongues) builds you up. Like a house built on the rock that stands when the storm comes, we should pray in the Spirit to build up our spiritual “walls.”
“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” Jude 1:20
Many theologians feel that Hannah was praying in the Spirit in 1 Samuel 1:12-16. Her lips moved, but no sound was heard, and the man of God, Eli, mistakenly thought she was drunk.
Hannah was in such distress that she didn’t know what she should pray for. The Spirit prayed through her. Her heart’s desire was for a child, and God’s will was to give her one. That’s why we never need to be afraid of God’s will. If God ever tells us no…. its only because He has something better. Sometimes He says “not now.” Hannah asked specifically for a boy and she received one. The promises of God are yes and amen. Everyone who asks, receives; who seeks, finds; and who knocks, it is opened to them!
Hannah was being attacked in every way. She had been torn down as a woman and as a wife, which tore through the very fabric of her identity. She desperately needed God. She needed a way to pray directly to God without Satan being able to intercept what she was saying. So her method was to pray in the Spirit.
We have been equipped with an arsenal of spiritual weapons for our victory! Prayer is not only fellowship with God – it is spiritual warfare! Praying in the Spirit is direct communication with God in the moments when we need Him the most. We can pray in the Spirit to be edified and built back up when we have been hurt or wounded. When you don’t know what to pray, let the Spirit of God pray through you. He will proclaim the victory for you!