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Class 8: Prayer that Prevails!


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Part 1: * Praying in the Spirit

(This is part 1 of 9 parts in this class)


A believer's prayer should have a dramatic impact upon the circumstances and conditions around him. A believer's prayer should cause things to flow correctly according to the will of God. A believer's prayer should bring in order where there was confusion, peace where there was a storm and quietness of body, soul and spirit.


James tells us in his epistle,

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

James 5:16 - KJV


What is "effectual fervent prayer"? Effectual fervent prayer is the kind of prayer believers can pray and by it see lives and conditions wonderfully changed. It is not prayer prayed with the head - the Greek scholar Zodhiates tells us it is prayer wrought by the operation or energy of the Holy Spirit.

You just don't want to be praying out of your head or even making a prayer that is simply an emotional response to things. You want to go beyond this. You want to be praying according to the operation or energy of the Holy Spirit.

You want to get into the place where you're praying by the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us God is up to doing things way out beyond anything you're able to ask or think. God can work at the superabundant level of the power that works within you. What power is that? It's the power of the Holy Spirit!


We learn of this from Paul when he writes,

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory.

Ephesians 3:20 - NKJV


How can you pray at the level of the power that works within you? By being a Spirit-filled believer who prays in the Holy Spirit.