Praying in the Spirit
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:18Read more
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 Dr. Lloyd-Jones, 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 Dr. Lloyd-Jones 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. Dr. Lloyd-Jones goes as far as to say, “The Holy Spirit is as essential to Prayer as the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.” According to Dr. Lloyd-Jones, 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.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 2:18, New American Standard Bible
18for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.
Ephesians 2:18, King James Version
18For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.