How to Commune with the Holy Spirit

by Creflo Dollar | 16 May 2018

Summary

To commune with the Holy Spirit means to get to know Him intimately. This type of relationship is important, because He is the administrator of the new covenant of grace under which we live. In this covenant, we need to believe in Jesus and His finished work; the Holy Spirit guides us and helps us to do that. A relationship with Him involves two-way communication and fellowship, which includes praying in the Spirit to sharpen our awareness of when He is speaking to us. God wants to converse with us all the time, not just at church, and He wants to teach us things about life that we could never discern on our own. The covenant of grace has many layers to it, and we need the Spirit of grace to take us through each one. Speaking in tongues is a vital part of our union with Him, and this type of prayer brings us multiple benefits.
  1. The Holy Spirit wants to share His supernatural inspiration and ability with us.
    1. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Ephesians 6:18).
      1. Praying in the Spirit goes beyond praying with our intellect or our minds. It involves relying on the Spirit’s inspiration and ability.
      2. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful (1 Corinthians 14:14).
    2. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 1:20).
      1. When we pray in the Spirit, we need to know how to go through times when we do not see any manifestations at first.
      2. We build our spirits and souls up, not just our bodies, when we pray in tongues.
    3. If you praise him in the private language of tongues, God understands you but no one else does, for you are sharing intimacies just between you and him (1 Corinthians 14:2, MSG).
      1. Praying in tongues opens the door to deeper intimacy.
      2. Most people do not understand the concept of talking in tongues. They think that something is wrong with the person praying because they do not understand the interpretation.
      3. Praying in tongues requires interpretation, but the private language of speaking in tongues requires no interpretation.
  1. The Spirit brings us the peace and stability to withstand the turbulence of life.
    1. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness(Galatians 5:22, NLT).
      1. Praying in the Spirit brings peace within. It stirs up the love of God in us.
      2. True peace is stability in the midst of difficulty. It is the ability to remain mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually calm in times of turmoil.
    2. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).
      1. The world gives a false sense of security; true peace comes from Jesus.
      2. When we do not have that kind of peace, praying in tongues helps us find it in ourselves.
      3. Being troubled is actually a decision we make.
    3. And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always] (Colossians 3:15, AMPC).
      1. Tongues is a grace gift. It brings to pass things we do not deserve.
      2. It is impossible for the Spirit of God to take us where we need to go if we are not at peace.
  1. True communion with the Holy Spirit involves talking to Him and hearing from Him.
    1. He replied, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them. Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears (Matthew 13:11, 12, MSG).
      1. Praying in the Spirit unlocks the mysteries of God. It readies our hearts to receive those mysteries.
      2. The enemy is after our hearts. He does not want us to pray in tongues.
      3. Communication with God involves not just speaking in tongues, but also hearing from Him.
    2. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power(Ephesians 1:17-19).
      1. This prayer will come to pass when we spend time praying in the Holy Spirit.
    3. For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands  or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths  and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding](1 Corinthians 14:2, AMPC).
      1. Living a successful life is not a mystery to a Christian who prays in the Spirit. A relationship with Christ unlocks mysteries that baffle others.
    4. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking (James 1:5, NLT).
      1. Praying in the Spirit releases wisdom and directions. In His generosity, God will give us as much as we ask Him for.
  1. By His Spirit, God wants to lead us through life and reveal the right path to take.
    1. We do not have to get too deep or too spiritual. It is plain that God wants to lead us.
      1. This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow” (Isaiah 48:17, NLT).
      2. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21, NIV).
      3. I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you (Psalms 32:8, AMPC).
      4. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future (John 16:13, NLT).
      5. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you (John 14:26, MSG).
    2. Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you…He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way…Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose(Psalm 25:4, 5, 9, 12, NLT).
      1. When we have enough reverence for God to acknowledge Him, He will show us the right path in life.
    3. A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church (1 Corinthians 14:4, NLT).
      1. Praying in the Spirit strengthens us and builds us up.
    4. But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20, MSG). 
      1. Praying in the Spirit gives us multiple benefits others do not have.

Scripture References

Ephesians 6:18

1 Corinthians 14:14

Jude 1:20

1 Corinthians 14:2, MSG

Galatians 5:22, NLT

John 14:27

Colossians 3:15, AMPC

Matthew 13:11, 12, MSG

Ephesians 1:17-19

1 Corinthians 14:2, AMPC

James 1:5, NLT

Isaiah 48:17, NLT

Isaiah 30:21, NIV

Psalm 32:8, AMPC

John 16:13, NLT

John 14:26, MSG

Psalm 25:4, 5, 9,12, NLT

1 Corinthians 14:4, NLT

Jude 1:20, MSG