Rom.8:26,27 – Now in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
True prayer is also Pentecostal in nature. The Holy Spirit calls us to pray, inspires us to pray, directs our prayers, and empowers our prayer. Without the Holy Spirit we are really wandering aimlessly, especially in prayer, throughout this vast world. It could be compared to someone adrift in the ocean without a compass or any sort of power to direct their boat. The chances of arriving at the desired location is what is known as ‘slim and none’. Yielding to the Holy Spirit in prayer is a game changer. He will direct your prayer and empower your prayer. Here is how Arthur Wallis describes praying in the Spirit
“The contexts of the only two references to praying in the Spirit in the New Testament are instructive. The first reference concludes that great passage in Ephesians 6 on the armor of God in the believer’s warfare . The other, in Jude, follows the exhortation to build ourselves up on our most holy faith. So it is in the context of battling and building that we are exhorted to “pray in the Spirit.” These two figures in fact sum up what the Christian life is all about. We are reminded of Nehemiah and his compatriots engaged in their God-given task of restoring Jerusalem, sword in one hand and trowel in the other…..If we are to build to a successful conclusion and to wage a victorious warfare against our implacable foe we must learn to pray in the Spirit.”
Any time there is going to be a great move of God the Lord calls and inspires His people to prayer. I think of two of the great harvest fields today in the world and I think of Asia and Africa. I can remember my first trip to Asia I was in a prayer meeting in Seoul, Korea. I was asked to speak at an all night prayer meeting at the Yoido Full Gospel Church. Hearing 20,000 people praying in the Spirit (in other tongues) sounded like an ocean, I was at a loss for words. My first trip to Africa I was ministering at a pastor’s meeting of about 3000 ministers. Again, they lifted up their voices in other tongues, it was like the voice of many waters. Maybe its time for the church in America to move toward Pentecost and cry out to the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain.