In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are told to pray without ceasing. Before we received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and began speaking in our new heavenly language, we often wondered how we could possibly obey this command. Doesn’t God expect us to sleep sometime? Now, as we go about the normal cares of life, we find our spirits are still praying. Our spirits never sleep. It is through the amazing power of the Holy Spirit and through the supernatural gift of tongues that we can pray without ceasing.
The apostle Paul obviously led a busy life as he took the gospel from nation to nation across the Gentile world, and yet at the same time, he wrote almost two-thirds of the New Testament. How did he find and how did he receive such awesome revelations?
Could the answer be in 1 Corinthians 14:18 when he wrote, “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all?” This verse could also be translated, “I thank God I speak in tongues more than all of you put together.” Obviously Paul must have practiced what he preached, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” Paul is a wonderful example of building ourselves up in the most holy faith, praying always in the Holy Spirit.
When we think about the awesome revelations that were given to Paul, we could ask, “Could praying always in the Spirit have been a key to the great revelations he received from the Holy Spirit, the revelations we read in Paul’s epistles to the churches?
We receive a revelation regarding this when we read 1 Corinthians 14:14-15, For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the result then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.
It is interesting to note that he began with an unfruitful understanding, and then he goes on to say that as he prayed in the Spirit, he suddenly found himself praying and singing with the understanding.
When we pray in the Spirit, something powerful happens, and we find ourselves praying things we did not know in the natural.
In Ephesians 6:18-20 we discover these words as Paul wrote, Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Wow! As Paul was praying always …in the Spirit, utterance (by supernatural revelation) was given to him by the Holy Spirit. And he began to speak, write and minister God’s perfect will with a spirit of boldness.
Could it be, that this same “supernatural revelation” is available to all believers today if we, like Paul, will practice the most important key of praying always in the Spirit.?