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Pray in the Spirit

Jude 20–21 (ESV) … “But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.”

Jude urged the believers to “pray in the Holy Spirit.” Real prayer takes many forms, but fake prayer lacks one essential: the Holy Spirit. Praying in the Spirit means

  • you pray to know God’s mind before you insist on telling God about your opinions

  • your happiness rests more in God’s assurance of love and forgiveness than whether your prayers for X, Y, and Z get answered today

  • your heart and mind rejoice in God, confirming that you belong to him, no matter how many struggles you face

Today, be quiet before God, ask the Holy Spirit to fill your heart, then pray. God will take your stress away and give you peace and strength for the day.

Barton, B. B. (1995). 1 Peter, 2 Peter, Jude (p. 259). Tyndale House Pub.


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