But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Are you building yourself up spiritually?
What does it mean to “build yourself up in your most holy faith”? Does it mean you have to pray in tongues? Does it mean you will have remarkable faith? The people who pray in tongues believe, by doing so, God increases their faith, and the Holy Spirit leads them to do so. The people who don’t pray in tongues believe it isn’t necessary, and the Holy Spirit can lead them without doing so. The answer to that question is the root of so much confusion, heated discussions, rifts, and dissensions. What does it mean to you? If you think it means you need to pray in tongues, then you should. Whether you pray in tongues, have a firm foundation and a knowing within yourself, that the Holy Spirit leads your prayers.
Romans 8:26-27 And in a similar way, the Holy Spirit takes hold of us in our human frailty to empower us in our weakness. For example, at times we don’t even know how to pray, or know the best things to ask for. But the Holy Spirit rises up within us to super-intercede on our behalf, pleading to God with emotional sighs too deep for words (groanings which cannot be uttered). 27 God, the searcher of the heart, knows fully our longings, yet he also understands the desires of the Spirit, because the Holy Spirit passionately pleads before God for us, his holy ones, in perfect harmony with God’s plan and our destiny. (The Passion Translation)
How do you know if the Holy Spirit leads your prayers? That is a good question, and one you should continue to ask the Lord until you are at peace in your heart. Your relationship with the Lord, governed by the time you spend with Him, lets you know. You cultivate your connection with the Father as you commune with Him, and spend time in prayer, in study and in worship. The Holy Spirit will let you know. You will know the same way you know God saved you.
1 John 2:20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One [you have been set apart, specially gifted and prepared by the Holy Spirit], and all of you know [the truth because He teaches us, illuminates our minds, and guards us from error]. (AMP)
Determine by the unction of the Holy Spirit, what you need to do. If you have never spoken in tongues and you don’t know how, but you believe you should; God is available. If you don’t speak in tongues and you don’t think you need to, simply focus your mind on God. Whatever is on your heart, ask God to reveal to you how you should pray and what you should pray. You are growing in Christ and being strengthened by being more focused on and connected to God. God should determine the method you choose.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I thank You for bringing me to a place where I understand how to reach You in prayer. I come to You because You have all the answers, and You will not withhold any good thing from me. You are also teaching me how to come to You. I need to know how to follow Your leading. Your word says my spirit man speaks to You with words that cannot be uttered. I came to You for clarity and You provided it to me. Thank You for showing me what You need me to do. I continue to come to You Father, because I want my faith strengthened more and more. I want my walk to be so steadfast in You I stand on Your word. I will exercise the faith I have allowed You to build in me regardless of the situation, test, or trial. I will continue to spend time in prayer, study and worship allowing the Holy Spirit to intercede for me and establish unmovable faith and all surpassing strength, I will do what You instruct me to do Heavenly Father, and I thank You…