Learning to Pray in the Spirit and the Word | John Piper
In Pastor John Piper’s expository preaching on Jude 17-25, he argues that praying in the Holy Spirit is essential for eternal life. The sermon begins with thought-provoking and soul-searching questions which force listeners to examine their thoughts and actions on the subject of prayer in the Holy Spirit. He also shows that, if we do not cherish prayer, then we do not love God. On that basis, he exhorts Christians to pray privately, corporately, and relationally with friends, family, and spouses. He expounds on verses 20-21, in which he answers the following questions: Why do we pray in the Holy Spirit? What is praying in the Holy Spirit? And how do we pray in the Holy Spirit? Each of these questions is answered with scriptural examples and helpful illustrations. Piper concludes with the profound truth that God keeps us from stumbling by means of enabling us to pray in the Holy Spirit and to persevere in our faith. Therefore, we are commanded to pray in the Holy Spirit and to immerse ourselves in His Word so that we keep ourselves in the love of God. This is a complicated concept because God is sovereign and yet we are to pray and read the Bible to keep ourselves in the love of God. In summary, this sermon is rich in both theology and application to help us with our Christian walk, especially on the topic of prayer.