Praying in the Spirit
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:18
For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. (ESV)
What does the Holy Spirit have to do with prayer? If we are honest, most of us have asked that question, or prayed in such a way that ignores the fact that the Holy Spirit even exists. In his sermon on Ephesians 2:18 (Part 2), Martin Lloyd-Jones seeks to impress on the believer the absolute necessity of prayer and of the role of the Holy Spirit in prayer. According to The Doctor, praying in the Holy Spirit “is the very essence of prayer.” Also, in light of God’s stunning love that brings us to him, “prayer is the supreme activity of the human soul.” Many people think that prayer is as simple as saying “their prayers,” but The Doctor critiques the phrase “saying our prayers” as being antithetical to prayer itself. Prayer is much deeper than this simplistic understanding because it is a Holy-Spirit lead endeavor. The Doctor goes as far as to say, “The Holy Spirit is as essential to Prayer as the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.” According to The Doctor, Jesus died that we might have access to the Father, and the Holy Spirit makes real to the believer all that Jesus died for. Both must be held together if prayer is going to be true prayer.