Romans 8:26‭-‬27 NLT And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

When we pray in the Holy Spirit, we don’t know what we’re saying. To the world and even to our own ears it sounds like gibberish. Although we don’t understand it, God understands everything coming out of our mouths (1 Cor. 14:2).

When we pray in the Holy Spirit, we’re praying the exact will of God. As we pray in the Spirit, we could be praying for our neighbor, we could be praying for a situation that happens 40 years from now, or we could be praying over our cousin who may be secretly battling depression. Praying in the Spirit could tap into those situations all at the same time. We’re also building ourselves up (Jude 1:20).

We don’t know who and what we’re praying for, but the Holy Spirit does. If someone comes to your mind while praying in the Spirit, call their name out. And since it’s a prayer, and we could unknowingly be declaring something over our lives or the life of someone else, finish praying in the Holy Spirit by saying “in Jesus name.”

The devil will try to make us feel silly for praying in the Holy Spirit, but it’s beneficial to the Kingdom of God, our own lives, and the lives of others.