About midway through the day today, I began to look back on how the day had gone so far. I really had been able to keep my cool and display (I would say) remarkable self-control in the midst of lots whining and complaining! Despite the chaos that marks the home of young children, I actually accomplished a lot of the things on my list of to-dos without stressing over them. I stayed in a good mood and was able to draw from the joy within, instead of being swayed by the sometimes intense emotions swirling around me. I enjoyed my children in all their childish glory!
I wish I could say that it was because of how awesome I am, but that’s just not the case. Most days do not run this smoothly. Now today, like all other days, had its share of kid drama. But what was different was how I handled it, and how I felt inside. I didn’t handle it perfectly, but it was better than usual. (Can you relate??)
As I thought about the peace and self-control I had felt inside throughout the day, I realized where it had come from. This morning I got to spend about 20 minutes praying in the Spirit as I drank my coffee and prepared for the day.
Starting my prayer time by praying in the Spirit first (that is, praying in tongues) is one of my habits, but on those days that start full-steam ahead as I stumble out of bed, I may not get to have an official prayer time at all. And I usually don’t get to pray for that long at one time during this season of my life. (Just being real!) My prayer life is sprinkled throughout my day, and I enjoy the reality that God is with me wherever I am, whatever I’m in the middle of. I’m so glad that it is always a good time to chat with Him! There are many ways to pray and communicate with the Lord, and they are all effective at times.
Back to this morning though, I actually did get to pray in the Spirit for a while before my son woke up. One thing I know just from experience is that praying in the Spirit helps to set my day up for success. It’s like it sets a framework for the rest of the day to be built upon. I may not know what I’m praying exactly, but that’s the beauty of it. God knows better than I do, and He partners with me to release the perfect declaration of His glory over my day.
Praying in the Spirit helps me to rest in His love and grace, not depending on my own understanding or great abilities. That’s when the fruit begins to grow! As we trust in Him, depending on our relationship with Holy Spirit (Whom Jesus said would be our Teacher and Comforter), we begin to see characteristics of His nature become evident in our own lives—like peace and self control.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! – Galatians 5:22-23 NLT
Make praying in the Spirit one of your habits. You can do it intentionally—on purpose—to help set yourself up for success. Do it in the morning, do it in the car, do it in the shower—just do it! 🙂 You’ll be amazed as you watch what He does with your day.
If you’ve never prayed in the Spirit before and you want to, just ask the Lord to baptize you in the Holy Spirit. It’s His desire (Luke 11:13)! If you have questions and want to chat about it some more, you can message me here.
Blessings and grace to you!
P.S. Just for the record, praying in tongues is not wierd. 🙂 It may be new and different to you, and that’s okay. But don’t knock it until you try it. You can read what the Bible says about Holy Spirit right here: “Who Is the Holy Spirit?”. Also, I have written a whole series about it called 5 Reasons I Pray in the Spirit, so check that out to hear more of my story and some things I’ve learned along the way.
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