KJV - 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.
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it could be by means of, in connection to, and/or with the help of the Holy Spirit. I think it means to pray on the things the Holy Spirit brings to mind as we focus our thoughts on God and man. Also in Romans 8:26 it says the Holy Spirit helps us when we don't know what to pray or when we cant find the words to express our heart. He in turn utters groans we do not understand.He is so closely connected to God that He knows what please Him and how to best convey our prayers to Him. Sometimes all I can do is groan because I don't know whether I should be praying for God to bless someone or for Him to open their hearts and minds to accept what He has been trying to reach out and tell them. In conclusion I think it means to invite the Holy Spirit to help us understand and to pray for us because we are limited in our understanding of the things of God.
I believe that "praying in the Holy Ghost" or "praying in the Holy Spirit" is how we build up our spirit (by speaking in tongues) to be able to withstand the works of the devil. Jude 1:20 is the ONLY verse in the Bible where it refers to our faith as being "Most Holy". Which is AWESOME, to know that we can build ourselves up in it! I never used to believe in speaking in tongues, but ever since I have, my spirit has continued to grow SO much faster, & stronger than ever! It has become much easier to shut the devil's attempts down at derailing my walk with Jesus & my godly lifestyle as well! Whether or not you believe in speaking in tongues, I doubt that there is ANYONE that wouldn't LOVE to have "Most Holy Faith"! I hope that I was able to help you understand that passage at least a little bit. May God continue to bless you! Bridget
“Praying in the Holy Ghost” means literally, to interact with the Lord by exchanging human wishes or ideas for His wishes as He grants us faith or “divine persuasion”. Praying is closely inter-connected with “faith” in the New Testament. In my opinion, it is one of the ways we Christians can keep ourselves in the love of God. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to pray. Why? Spurgeon says it’s because our hearts are very weak and broken, “He knoweth our frame: he remembereth that we are dust;” and that other, “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.”
Praying in the Spirit is mentioned three times in Scripture. First Corinthians 14:15 says, “So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.” Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Jude 20 says, “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” So, what exactly does it mean to pray in the Spirit? The Greek word translated “pray in” can have several different meanings. It can mean “by means of,” “with the help of,” “in the sphere of,” and “in connection to.” Praying in the Spirit does not refer to the words we are saying. Rather, it refers to how we are praying. Praying in the Spirit is praying according to the Spirit’s leading. It is praying for things the Spirit leads us to pray for. Romans 8:26 tells us, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” Some, based on 1 Corinthians 14:15, equate praying in the Spirit with praying in tongues. Discussing the gift of tongues, Paul mentions “pray with my spirit.” First Corinthians 14:14 states that when a person prays in tongues, he does not know what he is saying, since it is spoken in a language he does not know. Further, no one else can understand what is being said, unless there is an interpreter (1 Corinthians 14:27-28). In Ephesians 6:18, Paul instructs us to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” How are we to pray with all kinds of prayers and requests and pray for the saints, if no one, including the person praying, understands what is being said? Therefore, praying in the Spirit should be understood as praying in the power of the Spirit, by the leading of the Spirit, and according to His will, not as praying in tongues.
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