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Key Verse

  • I was in1 the Spirit2 on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet Revelation 1:10 NASB 
Other versions

  • I was in the Spirit [in special communication with the Holy Spirit and
    empowered to receive and record the revelation from Jesus Christ
    ] on the
    Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the
    sound of a trumpet Revelation 1:10 AMP

Examples of being in the Spirit

  • After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. Revelation 4:1-2 NKJV
  • And the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was entirely covered with blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. Revelation 17:3 AMP
  • And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God Revelation 21:10 NKJV

Encouragement to pray in the Spirit

  • But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 1:20-21 NKJV
  • With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people. Ephesians 6:18 AMP
See also
  • For one who speaks in an unknown tongue does not speak to people but to God; for no one understands him or catches his meaning, but by the Spirit he speaks mysteries [secret truths, hidden things]. 1 Corinthians 14:2 AMP
  • I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you1 Corinthians 14:18 BSB

Other versions

  • I thank God that I speak in [strange] tongues (languages) more than any of you or all of you put together 1 Corinthians 14:18 AMPC


  1. 1722 ἐν [E)N] {en} \en\ a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between 1519 and 1537); "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc.:--about, after, against, + almost, X altogether, among, X as, at, before, between, (here-)by (+ all means), for (… sake of), + give self wholly to, (here-)in(-to, -wardly), X mightily, (because) of, (up-)on, (open-)ly, X outwardly, one, X quickly, X shortly, (speedi-)ly, X that, X there(-in, -on), through(-out), (un-)to(-ward), under, when, where(-with), while, with(-in). Often used in compounds, with substantially the same import; rarely with verbs of motion, and then not to indicate direction, except (elliptically) by a separate (and different) preposition.
  2. In the Spirit:
  3. Note capital "S" implying Holy Spirit.
  4. A state of being in the Holy Spirit as evidenced by the meaning of the word "in" [Strongs 1722 ἐν [E)N] {en} \en\ a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state)]