PRAYING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
By Charles H. Spurgeon
Mark the grand characteristic of true prayer¾"In the Holy Spirit" (Jude 20). The seed of acceptable devotion must come from Heaven's storehouse. Only the prayer which comes from God can go to God. We must shoot the Lord's arrows back to Him. That desire which He writes upon our hearts will move His heart and bring down a blessing, but the desires of the flesh have no power with Him.
Praying in the Holy Spirit is praying in fervency. Cold prayers ask the Lord not to hear them. Those who do not plead with fervency plead not at all. We might as well speak of a lukewarm fire as of a lukewarm prayer¾it is essential that it is red hot.
It is also praying perseveringly. The true suppliant gathers force as he proceeds, and grows more fervent when God delays to answer. The longer the gate is closed, the more vehemently does he use the knocker, and the longer the angel lingers, the more resolved is he that he will never let him go without the blessing. Beautiful in God's sight is tearful, agonizing, unconquerable supplication.
Praying in the Holy Spirit means praying humbly, for the Holy Spirit never puffs us up with pride. It is His office to convict of sin, and so to bow us down in contrition and brokenness of spirit. We shall never sing Gloria in excelsis Deo except we pray to God de profundis¾out of the depths must we cry, or we shall never behold glory in the highest.
It is loving prayer. Praying souls are perfumed with love, saturated with love¾love to our fellow saints, and love to Christ. Moreover, it must be a prayer full of faith. A man prevails only as he believes. The Holy Spirit is the Author of faith, and strengthens it so that we pray believing God's promises.