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Devotional - week of January 25, 2015


The following devotional was originally published by David Kuykendall on November 17, 2002. 

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God ... Jude 20-21

The only verb in this statement is “keep.” The idea of the passage is:

Keep yourselves in the love of God by building up yourselves on your most holy faith—by praying in the Holy Spirit.

Many have said to someone doubting his acceptance by the Lord:

You can do nothing to make God love you more and you can do nothing to make God love you less.

Assuming that the statement is true, why would the Bible encourage us to “keep” ourselves in the love of God? The statement must mean “keep” your life in such a condition that the God Who loves you can abundantly bless you.

The passage teaches that the condition that keeps us in the love of God is a growing faith in God. As we trust God with all of life’s decisions and circumstances, He pours His blessings on us and expresses His love through us.

Finally, the passage teaches that growing in faith results from “praying in the Spirit.”

When we pray in the Spirit, we are permitting the Spirit to lead us as we pray. When we pray in the Spirit, we are praying according to the will of the Father.

First John 5:14-15 teaches that when we pray according to the will of God, our prayers are answered.

A continuing string of answered prayers will produce a healthy growth of an exciting faith in God.

Let us pray in the Spirit, experience a growing faith, and keep ourselves in the love of God.

The surest way to pray in the Spirit is to experience crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.