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September 15, 2020 6:00 am
Pastor author and Bible teacher Alan Wright there's a way in which you pray.
That really is the Holy Spirit taking and that he loves you more than you love yourself has better plans for your life, then you could envision for yourself, and he is committed to praying through you more than you're committed to praying thus amazing thing about God. That's pastor Alan Wright welcome to another message of good news that will help you see your life in a whole new light.
I'm Daniel Britton excited for you to hear today's message in the series called praying with power as presented at renewal the church in North Carolina. If you're not able to stay with us throughout the entire program I want to make sure you know how to get our special resource right now. It can be yours for your donation this month to Alan Wright ministry as you listen to today's message go deeper as we send you today special offer. Contact email@example.com. That's Pastor Alan.org or call 877-544-4860 that's 877-544-4860. More on that later in the program but right now let's get started with today's teaching in the series praying with our here is Alan Wright the Spirit who is from God that we may understand what God has freely given us this is think this is the thing that happened to so you get the spirit of God, communing with your spirit and your like wow that's what it means I'm a child of God, and he begins to bear witness to your spirit that your child of God and he'll bear witness to you about things that are wrong with your soul that need to be changed and that's the conviction of the Holy Spirit was a wonderful gift, and on and on his billions to teach you so he says this is what we speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words, the man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God for their foolishness to him he cannot understand because they're spiritually discerned.
So what happened you became a believer and your spirit is made, no and you are now alive when we got the soul. When a person becomes a Christian, the soul, the mind will be motioned. It doesn't become instantly and totally no doesn't because if you had some bad attitudes before you worse you were born again before you're accepted Christ, they don't just automatically go right now. Thankfully someone begin to change right away because you got a whole new revelation of truth going on in you. But after working with people in my own soul and other souls for all these years we just I recognize that for sure we are in a process of having healing for the wounds of our souls. The things the lies that we this is where we devote a whole lot of our time, the big important thing because the church the healing of soul so that we can transform our thinking so my mind is being made new on ongoing basis be transformed by the renewing of your mind. So my spirit is new. My mind is being made new. My body will one day be made new. It didn't become new and I became a Christian.
If you set price and you got a wart on your left hand and you say accept Jesus, you look down unless he's done an unusual miracle you got a wart on your left. He does miracles in our body is what this body is growing older.
And you know I'm just believing God for vigor and prospering and health of her very long wife, but it's just let's be realistic and older and came to an otherwise one that will slough it off, but will get a new body. So all things will be made new.
But right now the spirit inside a man or woman is new. The soul is being made new and one day the body will be made. Now here's this little metaphor to understand it and that is let's just start thinking about a young man who's got a new girlfriend is got a good job and just bought himself a convertible and it's 70s.
The green day the top down the convertible.
He just had a nice meal his girlfriends in the car they're riding up to the mountains are looking at the scenery.
Every nothing could be 500 and to be in Carolina. He's just the time in his life.
He can't think anything is going wrong and so he is a happy individual and letting his experiences. He holds her hand as he just had the nice meal. His his physical pain is experienced pleasure and his soul is happy and so he has good circumstances, but anybody who's live long enough knows that good meals don't last that good weather done last and sometimes girlfriends don't last, and it could be that something comes along very quickly. That makes him unhappy but Paul said to rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice in the router that is joy.
And we know that Paul also said the kingdom of God consists of righteousness and joy and peace in the Holy Spirit and that joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, love, joy, peace page of and so the Scripture shows is that we can have joy regardless of our circumstances. How can that be possible is because it is a spiritual thing. It is in the realm of the spirit.
When Paul talks about peace that passes understanding. He's talking about ace dirigible piece is on about something that bypasses the mine, that the spirit of God.
Communes with the spirit of a man or woman. And in that there is a freshness and a preciousness of Revelation that brings peace and you find yourself sometime just don't feel good. Everything seemed like a fallen apart around me, but I got peace about it. That's a spiritual thing. What Paul is saying is that if you want to have effective victorious Christian living.
Cultivate spiritual prayer, spiritual prayer, spiritual prayer is the product of my spirit communing with the Holy Spirit. What fleshly prayer. I think of this is like the Pharisees just standing there reciting prayers just so people can hear them say fancy thing. It it it. It's a prayer of interest originates in the unredeemed mind, a carnal nature and just expresses its own purposes without any connection to God then there's a thing that is soulless prayer that is in the realm of the soul. And this is really the product of my emotions.
My desires and my language and it originates in my redeemed mind and it flows towards God, but it is on the whole, seeking God's blessing for my purposes. Now this is tricky to understand because is taken me a long time to get this clear. God does care what I want. He cares what you want just as much as I care from what I treat my children to ice cream. I like to know do you want chocolate do you want chocolate chip.
Do you want to know it all or in our case, what kind of sprinkles and things you want mixed in their and so it matters to God what you want.
So don't here. This is saying that you should never bring what you want to God. In fact, were told to bring your desires or wants to God what this is to say is that there is an basic ineffectiveness when we pray, simply out of our own emotional life.
Now I just start by saying everyone of us have probably prayed.
This kind of prayer and and/or experience that at some level and it it it goes, like this, you know it's it's like a somebody's praying and yet there actually pray on their desire over your life that what I'm saying is husband you don't grab your wife's hand in oh and say Lord just make her a better cook and it means lives you don't grab your husband's hand and say I just bless them and pray for him to heal become a better spiritual leader, and I also like I need him to be that that's a soulless prayer. It might be that it's okay desire that you wanted to be a better cook.
It might be an okay desire you want to be a better spiritual leader, you know, but it's a soulless prayer this really more intended for his or her ears. That was for God's ears and is basically ineffective and it also just kinda slimy.
You know, never has a my praying for you like this is just like no no stop stop stop stop.
It's all the sudden you can tell as soon as I start praying a soulless prayer over you as I whatever connection you have with God you stitch. It's not that we don't have noble desires sometimes in this but it's like sometimes we're just praying out of our pain and out of our emotion and is not that we can't bring that to God. It's just that it in the end it's not spiritual prayer and this is good news.
By the way, to men, I was talking to Amanda between services and is like you know this is exciting is that I collaterally not a brain except I know me I could learn to pray and this is good news for men because all the whole all the whole women are better at expressing their intimate emotional feelings towards you know with with others and then talk about it and have coffee and how you feel and and what you been feeling about lately and men get together and talk about you know the sports game and what you will do what we don't do together and what times are to time and is not to say that the women got better and amend men don't because if all we do is have coffee and talk about our feelings. We would get anything done. So there we got things to learn from each other but this is good news to men because a lot of men think that what group been a great prayer warrior is all about is being able to have flowery language and share very emotional intimate things. Don't be telling us women don't be telling us were less spiritual than you because when I told God to kiss me with the kisses of your lips and that's when I will do that and Bubba is not going to come in and want to hold hands in a circle and praising flowery things. You know why because we feel incompetent at that right will have more teaching moment. Today's important series prayer as a Christian you know it's important and you want to make it a priority. If you're like most your prayer life can slip so easily into routine fervor impression. Maybe you're wondering what is the key to praying with willpower in Ephesians chapter 6.
The apostle Paul has a clear answer, praying in the spirit what is in the pray in the spirit. Some would say that Paul is referring to the spiritual gift and a supernatural prayer language Megan Allen writes unique series, praying with power Pastor Arlen reveals five different ways of praying and spirit. Discover how praying God's word is praying in spirit. Learn how to listen to the spirit as you pray, come to see Jesus as your prayer partner. It's practical. It's powerful to pastor and nights praying with power. Discover the power of praying in the spirit change your prayer life and you change the world.
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Today's teaching now continues here once again is what you had to go to you know and everything was okay. Now with all that I just get together and personnel. All will play basketball against each other, you know that you never play basketball and you feel incompetent at us is good news for men because spiritual prayer is not flowery necessarily emotional prayer.
I'm not saying that it if it becomes beautiful and you got a gift with words and start to express love words go for. And if you got a motion for it is okay to release that emotion and their but the substance of prayer is not all that. So men you can pray women you can pray we can all have spiritual prayer. Here's the bottom line spiritual prayer connects me with God's mighty purposes because it's God's spirit that is connected with me flowing through me back towards God so and this is still developing and me there could be more than four ways of understand this, but here at least four ways of spiritual prayer praying under the anointing of God's presence. Praying with a God illumined mind praying in an unknown spiritual language or praying Scripture know all of these are ways of praying in the spirit or spiritual prayer to say something briefly about a 20 praying anointing of God's presence. There is one place where Paul says the same with the spirit helps our weakness. For we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings that are too deep for words. Sometimes the most powerful prayer that you could never have might be one the most in articulate prayers. Because really, you have just yielded to God and the Holy Spirit is praying through you and you don't them understand what's going on now this is this is as I look back over my life I have come to a place of having to be so thankful because I believe this is happened in me many different times and I was talking to a young person last night of urgency said you know I've heard you tell about when you were in college and and you are in your room, and the Holy Spirit came and you wept and you knew you were called to the ministry does that happen to you a lot like that. No powerful thing. What life direction.
I said no not really but I do hear from God a lot, but not like whole life course, things like that but there was an example in my life in which I was not asking God what should I do of my life. How you explain this.
I just was praying and suddenly I'm visited by God and the Holy Spirit is obviously praying through my tears. All I could do was weak. But as I wept. I now understand the Holy Spirit was praying through me.
It wasn't my emotion that was moving God is the Holy Spirit himself in the triune God communicating with father God, and interceding that God would show me my life's course and then he speaks to me. Out of that and says you're called to the ministry in my life is course has been set.
I can't take credit for that in any way except to say I had just put myself into a yielded position before God. This is a most glorious thing because what it is just simply fostered by intimacy with God, and is through the acknowledgment of your total need for God and the total yielding to his present Peter just began to pray is that I fell into a trance. The Holy Spirit began speaking and moving through him.
So there's a there's a way in which you pray. That really is the Holy Spirit taking them that he loves you more than you love yourself. He has better plans for your life than you could envision for yourself, and he is committed to praying through you more than you're committed to praying best amazing thing about our God. Now here's the second way is praying unknown spiritual language. Paul says this of the gift of a prayer language or speaking in tongues. Anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him he utters mysteries with his spirit. What Paul is saying here first greatest 14 where he's talking you know even in the first century.
This became controversial because it is weaned demon is so different than other gifts. The reason we thing is so different than other guests is because you seen people teach before so somebody can have a natural gift of teaching and they stand up and teach and you just see them teaching and so then Paul talks about a spiritual gift of teaching ago okay will I know what that is. This is ecstatic and is different so would draw some attention unto itself like this, and it had in the head in the church in Corinth what he saying, basically, is this is that if you have a gift of tongues, a prayer language and this is not speaking about the prophetic message in tongues in which is interpreted in the body and and bills of the body, he saying this is a gift that God gives. That is, for the purpose of communicating directly to God, bypassing the mind so that your spirit can speak to God to here's what happens.
The Holy Spirit communes with the spirit of a man or woman and the release is like a song that comes out but it comes out as an unknown language and nobody understands and therefore Paul says this is not this tongues is not for the corporate gathering because it doesn't really edify other people see you can't have some. I praying in tongues and are unknown language. You can't be like yes amen I agree with that. Know your discount going. Wow, that's gonna need or you know you know they're being edified, but it's a wonderful gift.
In this way because not only does it help you when you don't know how to pray because you just how many people you know there's a time you're just up against things either. It is too difficult and you don't know how to pray for you got so much joy and so much to praise God that you don't know how to tell them thank you for both those things is a wonderful gift and what happens is that your mind is able to be bypassed and this is a wonderful thing for person like me is been an elect so much of my life say we are trained in physical things. From the time were little. Here's how you hold a fork. Here's how you run a lap.
Here's how you hold a ball. Here's how you can.
Here's how you do so with thread. Here's how you you know, wash a dish.
Whatever we were training about it. We train our minds. We should go to school and we go there for all these 12 years, and in many people go on four more years maybe will go to beyond that which spooling our minds and we are not schooled at all and spiritual things and so we tend to think because were not schooled in it that it's less real or something like that so this is about a spiritual about a spiritual language of people say will you know I've been told that if I feel the spirit and I gotta have this particular gift and you know people believe different things about that but I just tell you that I know for sure. I know people that are powerfully filled the Holy Spirit, who have a gift of tongues under people who don't have a gift of tongues that are powerfully baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit and that's the way that we view that point is this how do you houses possibly ask God for gifts eagerly desire spiritual gift pulses so you asked for gifts that you want asking asking if you if you want to have a gift of of generosity asking you what I have compassion and mercy and feel towards people the way God is asking for that gift. You want to have a gift of a prolonged asking for what you don't do is get obsessed about it if you don't get that particular gift is thinking will somehow I'm inferior I'm second-class you know this and that we've had times where we've had the release of this gift of fresh through Susan's treatment in the 70s and and is a wonderful gift and and if you want to try to ask God for it but you certainly shouldn't obsess about it as if this is the particular gift that separates the haves and have-nots Oak. Please don't do that, but that's one of the ways of praying and thus in the spirit of spiritual prayer. Here's 1/3 way praying with a God illumined mind. Now this is important to understand because while our minds are being transformed.
Paul says it so that you may prove what the will of God is about if your mind gets transformed such that you, having now been given the mind of Christ allow that to become the way you think and the way you see the world, then it'll be the way that you pray. If the way that you pray is out of the mind that is been brought into accord with the word of God and I believe that is spiritual, praying the other way this can happen as it can happen prophetically.
It can happen where you're praying for somebody and God illumined your mind while you're praying, and you connect up to the anointing presence of God and he illumines you so that you know how to pray mean one time. I remember with first on this ever happened to me and I just was like I was praying for a couple. One time they didn't. That and told me to pray for their marriage. I thought their marriage was excellent and and I go into the prayer in oh just starting to pray for them and somewhere in the middle of the prayer. I begin to lose myself and I'm now not so much thinking as I am just giving utterance to the words that the Lord is directing me and I find myself praying for their strained marriage and even as the words are coming out of my mouth. I'm thinking why my saying this. This is probably insulting them. Everybody in the church assumes they have a good marriage.
I thought they had a good marriage but I just knew that it was not me that was doing that speaking I continue to speak and they begin to weep. This is a most glorious thing because what it is just simply fostered by his intimacy with God, and is through the acknowledgment of your total need for God and the total yielding to his present Peter just began to pray is that I fell into a trance. The Holy Spirit began speaking and moving through him. So there's a there's a way in which you pray, it really is the Holy Spirit taking and he loves you more than you love yourself. He has better plans for your life than you could envision for yourself, and he is committed to praying through you more than you're committed to bring thus amazing thing about our God things and what it means bringing the spirit prayer as a Christian you know it's important and you want to make it a priority. If you're like most shared prayer life can slip so easily into routine fervor and passion.
Maybe you're wondering what is the key to praying with willpower in Ephesians chapter 6. The apostle Paul has a clear answer, praying in the spirit what is in the pray in the spirit someone say that Paul is referring only to the spiritual gift and the supernatural prayer language Megan Allen writes unique series, praying with power Pastor Alan reveals five different ways of praying and spirit. Discover how praying God's word is praying in spirit.
Learn how to listen to the spirit as you pray, come to see Jesus as your prayer partner. It's practical. It's powerful to pastor our nights praying with power. Discover the power of praying in the spirit change your prayer life and you change the world you make your gift to Allen Wright ministries today will send you pastor outlines messages through digital download as our way of saying thanks for your partnership. This broadcast is only possible because of listener financial support.
When you get today. We will send you a daily special offer.
We are happy to send this to you as I thanks from Allen Wright ministries call us at 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor. Our in.work you got someone who's nervous about this. They don't understand. I think a big take what I hear is there's a lot of trust in very warranted trust that's involved here. You can trust the Holy Spirit you can trust God. And here's the good news for anybody who struggles in prayer or feels that prayer is not powerful or not.
Exciting work find it hard to be disciplined. God is absolutely committed to you having a vibrant prayer life. He is the one who designed us for communication with him and ordained that that he would use our own prayer life so what we're learning is a process of trusting that the Holy Spirit is at work within the believer to pray through you and there number of ways that this happens, Daniel, and that's what were learning about praying in the spirit means. Therefore, praying with the very power of God. Today's good news message is a listener supported production Allen Wright ministries