Praying in the Spirit (no need to fear it)

Pray from your heart
Without making
The words strain
Through your brain.

We learn to speak
In the power of the Spirit
Not by filling our mind
With religious information,
But by training our heart
To continually surrender to Jesus
And overflow with words
That come from the presence
Of Christ living within us.

I think the challenge of this kind of prayer is that we exercise discernment so that we are led to it by the Spirit, not by our own desire to exercise spiritual power. For example, seven brothers in the book of Acts tried to pray a linier prayer and addressed some demons in a man, telling them to come out, but instead the demons in the man used him to overpower the brothers and beat them up. (Acts 19:13-16.) To avoid a similar outcome, we need to cultivate and maintain humility, surrender, and direct obedience to the real presence of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. We can train ourselves to speak when Jesus says speak and be silent when He says wait.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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