Praying in the Spirit

by Chris Berglund

Years ago, I was on a phone conversation with Leonard Ravenhill when he said to me, "Everybody wants my mantle yet nobody asks for my consecration." All of us long to have our spirits enlarged, our inner-man strengthened, and to pray according to the perfect will of God. Yet, often we neglect the very invitation of scripture that demands our consecration in accomplishing these desires.

 

Romans 8 tells us that all of creation is groaning for Christ to fully manifest himself through his sons and daughters. This passage goes on to say that all things work together for good to those that love God and are called according to His purpose. In the very context of praying in the Spirit, these verses speak of fulfilling our actual destiny! In other words, the New Testament's exhortations to build up our spirit man and to fulfill our God-given purpose/destiny are actually tied together by the simple and profound invitation to pray in the Spirit.  

 

When my daughter was young, she was with my family on vacation and I was to join them after the first week. I received one of those phone calls that parents never like to receive. My wife told me that my two-year old daughter had contracted a viral condition and she was miserable with a mouth full of sores. A godly anger arose in my spirit and immediately I went into prayer. For a little over an hour I prayed fervently in the Spirit. Suddenly, the intensity shifted to a great peace which pervaded my soul. I knew I had accomplished the will of God over my daughter. I had such a knowing that I didn’t even feel the need to call my wife for verification. Yet, a couple hours later, my wife called to inform me that at the exact time I had finished praying, my daughter’s sores began to heal and she could now swallow again without pain.

 

Testimonies like this are not restricted to certain vessels. The book of James says the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. We have been made the righteousness of God in Christ, and it is our privilege to exercise effective, fervent prayers to extend His Kingdom on the earth.

 

More recently, I had a dream in which I encountered a large demonic principality. It stood about 20 feet tall and people were fleeing from him in fear. A friend and I approached this nephilim-type creature while many others were scattering. He said to us, “You are dangerous!” That got me excited and I was emboldened to start praying loudly in the Spirit with great faith. I could see that the demonic being was having to yield to the declarations that were coming forth in the tongues I was speaking. Then, just before he left, he tried to take a swing at me. His fist was as big as my head and, as I was watching it come at me, it suddenly stopped about an arm’s length away as if it hit an invisible forcefield. I knew the prayers in the Spirit were achieving things in the unseen realm and that we needed to engage even more in this dimension of warfare in order to be victorious in our corporate assignment.

 

In our desire to become love and to walk out our individual and corporate mandates, we must avail ourselves to the grace-gift invitations God has set before us. He has seated us with Him in heavenly places to not only intercede, but to make proclamations and declarations as His mouthpiece. May our testimony echo that of the Apostle Paul’s in I Corinthians 14, where he fully gave himself to praying in tongues.

 

 

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