Jude 20 - "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost".
The other day, I was having a conversation with someone from our church and they said something that I think is so important in our daily life. They said, "Before I go to work every day, I make sure that I'm prayed up so as to be able to deal with the various problems and challenges and conflicts that I have to deal with". I thought about that long after we talked, it is so essential to be "prayed up".
What does "prayed up" mean? It means, before you start your day, before you have your first conversation, before that first challenge comes, before that traffic jam, before that co-worker crosses your path…and all the other "before's"…being prayed up means to be prepared spiritually for the day ahead of you.
Jude 20 says, "building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost". Praying in the Spirit is so powerful because in Romans 8:26-27 it says that there are some things that we just don't know how to pray for as we ought to. In verse 27 it says that the Holy Spirit is making intercession for us according to the perfect will of God. When you pray in Spirit before your day starts, you are already interceding for what may come your way that day. It's the believer's secret weapon, it's a powerful gift. I encourage you to be "prayed up" before you go to the office, go to that interview, before you talk with your teenager about the incident that took place, or before you go in for that follow up visit to the doctor.
To me, being "prayed up" means having a wall of protection and a prepared heart and mind before facing life's challenges, both the ones that we know about ahead of time, and those that take us (but not God) by surprise. Here are three things that I recommend as to how to be "prayed up" 1) Talk with God before you talk to people 2) Get alone with God, and 3) Start first thing in the morning, don't wait until later. In the days we're living in, your key to victory is to be "prayed up"!