Interesting phrase- “Praying IN the Holy Ghost”
I’d like to briefly explain what that might mean I believe praying IN the Holy Ghost is an important part of the true order of prayer. It is finding the Holy Ghost in prayer. It is a process of quieting your mind and your body in unified harmony and making them defer to the Holy Ghost. It is allowing the Holy Ghost to speak through your heart and your words in the act of prayer/meditation. The Holy Ghost communicates the Mind of God. You repeat its words.
We must realize that most of what our natural mind and heart prays for is our own will and not the Will of the Father. That also goes for what we should be thankful for, what to repent of, and where we need help. There is rest in the lord and praying in the Holy Ghost can place you in that rest. Recognizing this is a big step in becoming a little child. I believe one of the most important elements of heaven connecting prayer/meditation is actually finding the Will (Mind) of the Father- in that moment, through the Holy Ghost and express it.
Let the Holy Ghost speak through you. Let the Holy Ghost find and communicate the Lords Will for you. This of course isn’t always easy with our limited vocabulary. The language of our heart is more encompassing and a better way to communicate with the Lord then words at times. Focus with your mind and communicate with your heart. The word and will of the Lord is within you and knows much more what you need then you do.
In this life, withIn you, dwells the record of Heaven- the Holy Ghost.
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s”.1 Cor 6:19-20
The good news is that it is the record of Heaven and will bring to your remembrance all things because it knoweth all things(Moses 6:61). You ARE sufficiently equipped right now! You don’t need to look elsewhere!
In my attempt to feel, hear, know, and actually find the “voice” of the Holy Ghost the steps below seemed to help. In the process I became better at pinpointing or bringing all of me closer to the spirit. I found my breath and then softly heard how similar to a whisper it sounds. Along with this Joseph’s words rang true to me “and when the heart is sufficiently contrite then the voice of inspiration steals along and whispers–” (TPJS, p. 134.)
Suggestions while in the act of deep pondering/communicating with God:
YOU ARE THE TEMPLE. Literally– realize this. After pondering deeply, QUIET down your mind. QUIET it down even more reaching inwardly. Listen carefully or feel carefully with your spiritual mind and heart. Find the fabric of holiness within you. Find, feel and hear your spirit. Notice the love, the breath, the voice, the fabric is delicate. It steals along and whispers.. it is there. THE BREATH OF LIFE “the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart” Deuteronomy 30: 11-14
Words are effective only if they carry the correct meaning to your mind. Many of the words we use have attached traditions and connotations that block us from opening our minds enough. We must approach God as an infant. I think the word “prayer” at times needs to be replaced in our own minds. Rethink what “prayer” means. Instead of prayer I’m going to us these words to replace it: The act of deep pondering with your mind focusing on things of God as you let your heart communicate with God through your emotions, feelings and at times words.
I believe a key to the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost is noticing its presence in you always until it is second nature. While you are walking, driving, waiting in line, talking, breathing… ” it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.” Deuteronomy 30: 11-14
Heaven is within you, within arm’s length (literally) and within reaching distance always. All of this is made available by and through the Spirit of the Lord.
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21
“And my soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens.” (Enos 1:4)