People are running to and fro not realizing how soon the Lord’s return. Many people simply believe things will continue as they always have. A president will rise, and then another will soon take their place; so, many are looking for some man to straighten things out in this world. They will assuredly receive a man, but he will be the devil cloaked in human flesh. This one is known in the Bible as the antichrist. The Bible is very clear that the end will come as a thief in the night. No one knows when a thief will come and break into your home, just as no one knows when the Son of man cometh. God help all of us to be ready; He is coming in an hour when we think not! The rapture of the church will soon take place without warning.
The Lord moved upon my heart to study the small book of Jude. My focus was on verse 20; however, after immense studies, I soon found the power and focus of the letter was to inform the church evil men and seducers had crept into their ranks. Jude begin with a torrent of power and anointing explaining the character of these people. He related them to the Old Testament characters: Cain, Balaam and Korah. Cain was his own teacher and didn’t believe God meant what He said. Driven by pride and greed, Balaam was a prophet for hire; so, proclaiming a blessing or curse was just another day’s work for him. Whereas, Korah and his followers were people filled with rebellion and steeped in their own ways who always wanted to be first in power. After Jude told all the traits of the people who crept in, some even trying to corrupt the people of God, he switches his emotions and begins to put on a display of love, compassion, and concern. Jude admonishes them in verse 20 to, “Build up their most holy faith by praying in the Holy Ghost”. God always has a way for us to remain in a constant state of preparedness in this evil and corrupt world.
Jude 1:20 (KJV)- But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Jude 1:20 (TLB)- But you, dear friends, must build up your lives ever more strongly upon the foundation of our holy faith, learning to pray in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit.
So, how do we know when we are praying in the Spirit or the Holy Ghost?
1 Corinthians 14:2 (KJV)- For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
1 Corinthians 14:4 (KJV)- He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
Edifieth– to build a house, erect a building, or to build (up from the foundation).
1 Corinthians 14:2 (MSG)- If you praise him in the private language of tongues, God understands you but no one else does, for you are sharing intimacies just between you and him.
1 Corinthians 14:4 (MSG)- The one who prays using a private “prayer language” certainly gets a lot out of it,
I believe the Lord is trying to speak to us about more than just praying, but how to go about ‘praying in the Holy Ghost’.
This is speaking to us about:
PRAYERS WHICH WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
The man who prays before he is the subject of a new life is unconscious of the Divine presence which stirs up his prayers and prompts his faint desires to long after better things. When a believer learns to pray in the Holy Ghost, he is awakened to the nearness and active operation of a mystic Being who incites and energizes his prayers which makes him inherently well-pleasing to God. The Spirit stimulates a sense of need deep within the soul-of the man who prays according to this evangelical standard. Many are comparatively prayerless in their habits because there is no sharp sense of need at the core of their life.
Not only does the wisdom of God interpret the secrets of redemption to the heart of a man when he prays in the Holy Ghost, but the power of God brings him into a new world where all things are possible. Thus, he keeps in the love of God which means he is victorious over all seen and unseen foes.
It ought to be no little encouragement to us that this habit is spoken of as one of the conditions of our perseverance; and, it must therefore be just as possiblefor us to pray in the Holy Ghost as it is to keep ourselves in the love of God.
Would we succeed in these endeavors at opening our minds to the truth and efficacy of “our most holy faith”? Would we overcome the aversions and surmount the difficulties which stand in the way of all our apprehensions; and, that which opposes the exercise of all our sensibilities on its high spiritual objects? Would we see the designs of Christianity and feel them to continue under their influence? So, let us follow the next admonition and, “pray in the Holy Ghost”. The Divine Spirit dictated the scriptures; and therefore, when we pray for things agreeably to the tenor of the revealed will of God, we are said in one sense, to pray under this influence.