Prayer Comes Back to Bless You
He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. (1 Corinthians 14:4)
Many times, when faced with a difficult situation, our automatic response is to pray about it. That is a good practice, and God will hear you when you pray. However, there is another powerful thing you can do when you need God to help you with something – pray for someone else.
When you pray for someone else in the Spirit and speak divine secrets over their lives, you also build yourself up spiritually. When you pray in the Spirit for your own life, or you pray in the Spirit for others, you will reap the benefit of becoming more spiritually fit.
Now, Paul knew about being spiritually strong. Just take a look at his ministry, and you can see the effects that praying in the Spirit had on his life and ministry. How was his ministry so effective? He prayed in the Holy Ghost, and others were praying for him.
His prayer for himself and others strengthened him. The prayers others prayed for him enabled him to step into everything God had for him to do as a leader.
Do you feel weak naturally, spiritually, or emotionally? Spend some time praying in the Spirit for someone else. You will be speaking mysteries over his or her life, and you will be building yourself up at the same time.
Practical Application – Dedicate time daily to praying in the Spirit. Make it a point never to skip this. In the same way that working out is good for your physical body, praying in the Spirit builds up your spiritual muscles.
Philemon 1:22; 2 Corinthians 1:11