Summary: The gifts of the Spirit are for every child of God. I have found they are available to all who are truly hungry for them. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be filled.

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Jude 1:20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

It seems that now above any time in history Satan is unleashing a full attack on God’s children. Aren’t you glad God has not left us stranded and alone? He will never leave us or forsake us, and He’s given us some mighty weapons. One of these is the gift to pray in the Holy Spirit. Now is a time where God’s children need to be proactive. The enemy will lay traps for God’s children to stumble into. But, when you pray in the Spirit, you can stop the avenger, the Lord will help us do this very thing. Let’s read in the book of Romans…

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

helps -- is a compound of three different Greek words

Strong’s literal translation, joins in to help . co-operate (assist):

Or to take hold with us together against our weaknesses.

The gifts of the Spirit are for every child of God. I have found they are available to all who are truly hungry for them. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be filled.

Praying in the Spirit is a gift of God we all can have and use, and I believe opens the door for the other gifts to manifest. Praying in the spirit will put us in tune and in a place where we are already receptive to the things of God and flowing in the Spirit. We can not make all of the gifts manifest, as so many times they are as the Spirit wills. We can however be ready and willing to cooperate as the Holy Spirit wills. How many have missed out because they were not in a place spiritually where they could be receptive to the things of God, and because of this were not used. We’ve all missed it at times, I know I have. I also know that I have purposed in my heart to be sensitive and be used when the Lord does want to use me in these areas. We should all take this attitude. We can stop the enemy from his main job, that is to steal kill and destroy God’s children .

Romans 8:28 goes on to say --- And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

This is tied directly in with verses. 26 and 27. You know you don’t start a sentence with and, unless you are finishing a thought. I realize this verse is often quoted by itself without the previous verses tied into it, yet if we read it the way it was written and not single out a verse, we will see more clearly what is being said. I would like to look at this section of Scriptures in the New English Bible. I believe it is said in such a ways as to be a little more understandable, and you can see how this is all tied together.

--New English Bible

Romans 8:26-28. In the same way the Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness. We do not even know how we ought to pray, but through our inarticulate groans the Spirit Himself is pleading for us, and God who searches our inmost being knows what the Spirit means, because He pleads for God’s people in God’s own way; and in everything He co-operates for good with those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

It is talking about the saints interceding in co-operation with the Holy Spirit to overcome every adversity within the body of Christ,

that’s the will of God. Glory to God! Can you see this?

Let the Holy Spirit work together with us against our weaknesses, and also the weaknesses of our brothers and sisters in Christ, then we can truly say as Paul did, if God be for us who can be against us.

And, we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

This portion of scripture has been the source of much prayer, consideration, and meditation, for me. I believe we as the body of Christ have largely missed it in this area. Lets see what the Word of God is saying, and not just sit back and let Satan do as he wills with us! He doesn’t have the right, yet we have the spiritual tools to defeat him. All things can work out to our benefit when we are interceding with the help or co-operation of the Holy Spirit to bring the purpose of God into being. Intercession is God’s way to help us fulfill His will and His purpose in our lives, and the lives of others as well. Another way of saying this is to say that intercession is processing out the very plan of God. It is also thwarting the plan of Satan.

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