PRAYING WITH THE SPIRIT:- Praying with the spirit means to…
PRAYING WITH THE SPIRIT:-
Praying with the spirit means to pray in other tongues. Some people have questions about it, but that’s because they don’t understand what it’s all about. “Is it really compulsory we pray in other tongues?” Usually, questions and arguments about praying in tongues come from those who don’t pray in tongues. You’d rarely find a Christian who prays in tongues questioning this manifestation of the spirit. In Mark 16:17, the Lord Jesus said, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues…” “Them that believe” refers to Christians, those who have been born again. So if you’re a believer in Christ, you should speak in tongues. Many of those who argue against speaking and praying in tongues don’t know why it’s so important. They’re unaware of the bountiful benefits that this spiritual exercise brings. Let us now explore some of the glorious benefits of praying in tongues.
1. PRAYING IN TONGUES REFRESHES AND REVIVES
“For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear” (Isaiah 28:11-12). This prophecy from Isaiah relates to speaking in tongues, and it helps us to understand one of the reasons we should pray in tongues. Paul, also accentuating the same thing, stated that “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself…”
(1 Corinthians 14:4). In other words, he charges up, builds up, overhauls, or refreshes himself. Praying in tongues refreshes and revives you. A Christian may suddenly realize he doesn’t preach the gospel as much anymore because he’s not as excited, inspired or motivated as he was when he just gave his heart to Christ. This ought not to be. You should always be motivated and excited about the things of the Spirit; and the way to continually fuel this inspiration of the Holy Spirit and keep the fire of soul-winning burning in your heart is by praying in other tongues. When you pray fervidly in tongues, the fire in your spirit burns to God’s glory. Getting yourself stirred up in the things of God isn’t and shouldn’t be a mystery. He’s already shown the “how” to you through His Word. So it’s no use praying, “Revive me, O Lord!” You’re revived when you speak in tongues. This is the secret. So take out time on your own and speak in other tongues. When you do, you’ll be edifying, refreshing and beautifying your spirit.
2. PRAYING IN TONGUES BRINGS FORTH THE LEADING OF THE SPIRIT
It is important for Christians to spend time praying with or in the spirit-that is, praying in tongues. The Bible says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14). The leading of the Spirit is not an experience meant for apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers only, but also for every child of God. We all ought to live our lives perpetually by the leading of the Spirit. God’s children should never be in the dark or get into unpleasant surprising situations where they wouldn’t know what to do. When we pray in tongues, it’s an opportune moment for us to receive the divine guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit for our lives. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” (John 16:13). When you pray in other tongues, your spiritual eyes are opened to understand the Scriptures in a greater light. This is my daily experience. Sometimes, people ask me how I got the interpretation to certain Scriptures they had read but didn’t clearly understand. Always, I’d reply that it’s by the Spirit. When you spend time to pray in other tongues, the eyes of your understanding are enlightened and you become more receptive to the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
3. PRAYING IN TONGUES PROVIDES US WITH HEAVEN’S VOCABULARY
One of the most beautiful and inspiring gifts from God to us is the ability to communicate with Him directly through a spiritual language formed in us by the Holy Spirit. We speak divine mysteries and alter destinies through this supernatural effusion. Remember that though man is a spirit, he doesn’t dwell ‘physically’ in the realm of the spirit. He lives on earth and relates with the material world. Yet there’re certain things we can’t communicate or express with the earthly languages we’ve learnt. This is the reason God imparts to us the divine ability to speak in other tongues, so we can have the right language (vocabulary) to communicate with God. If you have a little child that hasn’t started talking fluently, you can’t have fellowship with that child. You may play with him and enjoy
games with him, but you can’t have real fellowship with him because real fellowship requires a two-way communication. “…he that speaketh in an unkown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him…” (1 Corinthians 14:2). When you speak in other tongues, no one undertsands what you’re saying, because you’re speaking to God. It’s a direct communication between your spirit and God. You’re speaking the language that only He understands. You must realize that there are not enough words in human vocabulary to adequately and accurately express ourselves to God. It doesn’t matter how many earthly languages you can speak, you still won’t have enough vocabulary to express yourself to Him, because in the realm of the spirit, there are things we can’t communicate with all of the languages of the world. This is why it is absolutely necessary for a Christian to speak and pray in tongues. In addition, when we speak to God with human words, we may sometimes speak words that are unacceptable to Him, but the Holy Ghost, knowing this, gives us a language with which to express ourselves. When we speak in this language, everything we say is articulately communicated to God and there’s a two-way communication- we speak to God and He speaks back to us through our spirits. This is why a Christian must be filled with the Holy Ghost. He’s the One Who gives us the utterance to speak in this language by which we can communicate with the Father articulately, beyond earthly expressions. It’s a holy, heavenly language. Glory to God!