‘The love of Christ is my prayer-book.”—Gerhard Tersteegen
“Prayer is the key of heaven; the Spirit helps faith to turn this key.” —Thomas Watson
Walking in the Spirit means being obedient to the Spirit, in relation to God’s laws and commandments, which the Spirit reminds you of when various temptations come. It is not a sin to be tempted, but during the temptation you are confronted with a choice. In order to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit, we must study the word of God until it becomes part of our identity, or second nature to us. We must build a relationship with the Holy Spirit based on common interests, grow in mutual respect and assistance, built trust and affection towards each other, consequently developing a friendship.
Thus, the consciousness of friendship between you and the Holy Spirit involves sympathy and affection, affecting the spiritual side of the human person. Here, the friendly attitude is even more of a purer moral manifestation than love, since it is not so demanding. At the same time, we start to grow in our best qualities of friendship with Our Lord, and the Holy Spirit – we learns to be attentive, caring, to show support, and always come through in difficult situations for Our Lord by trusting Him, consequently developing a two way relationship.
There is a common saying, which goes along the lines of “show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” To me it means that you will become similar with them. Wise people who spend time with those who are wiser, grow in wisdom. Fools become foolish in the company of the disorderly, and troublesome become rebellious. However, something amazing happens by becoming a friend of the Lord and through walking in the Spirit: this is what the Bible calls the fruits of the Spirit, they begin to grow in your life. These are such fruits as: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, mercy, faith” Gal. 5:22. You, who used to be so restless, fearful and depressed from time to time, now you get the best “state of health”. You become more stable and gain the ability to manifest Shalom in the world around you.
Howbeit, one needs to be diligent in feeding their spirit, by being busy researching and searching the Scriptures. Partaking in the communion of our daily bread in inquiring from the Spirit to reveal the ways of Yahweh. And when in prayer, nourish yourself with the spirit of the Lord. Draw near to Him and receive His strength from Him to strengthen your spirit.
Chrysostom has said, “The just man does not desist from praying until he ceases to be just;” and Augustine, “He that loveth little prayeth little, and he that loveth much prayeth much;” and Richard Hooker, “Prayer is the first thing wherewith a righteous life beginneth, and the last wherewith it doth end;” and Père la Combe, “He who has a pure heart will never cease to pray, and he who will be constant in prayer shall know what it is to have a pure heart;” and Bunyan, “If thou art not a praying person, thou art not a Christian;” and Richard Baxter, “Prayer is the breath of the new creature;” and George
Herbert, “Prayer…the soul’s blood.”
This is the life that Jesus lived on earth and which you, as a disciple, can live. Walking in the Spirit is an exercise. Failure can sometimes happen, especially at the beginning of your Christian life, but this should not take your courage. The Holy Spirit is called in one translation as the Comforter. He comforts us and gives us more courage when we need him. He leads us on our way and gives us the necessary nourishment we need, if we love and seek the truth. Irrevocably, in the diligent research of the Scriptures, with the knowledge of the will of God, we discern the voice of the Lord from the enemy and begin to know our God.