by Eddie Snipes

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Praying in the Spirit (4 of 5)
Eddie Snipes
Ephesians 6:18

Praying in the Spirit is an important part of preparing for spiritual warfare so we can endure and remain faithful.
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

In a later portion of this study I will have a section dedicated to understanding prayer as we take a detailed look at the scriptures' in-depth teaching on this topic. Let us take a few moments now to look at prayer as described in our command to put on the armor of God. First, take note of the instructions to pray 'in the Spirit'. The Bible tells us that the prayer of the righteous accomplishes much, but the Bible also warns that those who walk in rebellion to God's commandments have no such promise. Look at Proverbs 15:
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

This is further explained in Proverbs 28:
9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

As we move through these studies, take care to note how many times God emphasizes His own word as the key to understanding, knowing how to walk in obedience, and equipping us to have a right relationship with Him. Again we are instructed that those who turn away from hearing His word are counted as wicked and God will reject that person's prayer. As we studied earlier, those who seek the Lord keep God's commandments – not out of obligation, but out of a desire to be shaped into God's nature and character. Those who do not know God are grieved by the commandments of God for they take him where he does not want to go – closer to God. For those of us who delight in our relationship with God understand that God's commandments are a joy for they conform us to God's character so that we can have closer fellowship with Him. Look at how the apostle John explained this in 1 John ...

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