Saturday, July 20, 2013
Building People of Substance for Works of Power
Use your prayer language, Friend.
Over the years I have noticed that certain topics guarantee a lot of flak. The church folk get mad when I preach that God is good and wants to bless and heal. The folks in the world take offense to the idea that their sin is worthy of divine wrath and that Jesus is the only way to avoid the flames. One thing that seems to upset both the church and the world is preaching and practicing praying in other tongues. He has folks on TV make fun of it. He has folks in church get mad about it. He manages to make Pentecostal folks feel ashamed of it. In fact, I would say that Satan works overtime trying to shove the whole idea in the darkest corner he can find. I have to ask, “What is it about praying in tongues that makes him so nervous?” I believe the answer is fairly simple: Praying in tongues is a powerful tool given to the Church to glorify God, strengthen believers, and enable God to work in the earth.” Satan is terrified that we will get loose and start praying in tongues like Paul did, “More than ye all.” When we do, three things happen:
1. We give acceptable praise to God. Paul said, “For you indeed give thanks well… ( 1 Cor 14:7)” Anytime I run out of things to say to the Lord about how wonderful He is, I can simply worship in tongues and know that He is pleased. Try it with me right now. Go ahead, just lift your hands and your voice and worship Him with your spiritual language.
2. We strengthen ourselves. Paul said, “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself… (1 Cor 14:4)” In Romans 8:26 he said the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. We all need strength, and praying in tongues gives it to us. We all have weaknesses, and praying in tongues engages the Spirit’s power in overcoming them. Try it today. Pray in the Spirit for 15 minutes. You will be stronger for it.
3. We pray the unknown will of God. Paul said, “The Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered… (Rom 8:26)” Man has been given authority in the earth. God will move if He is asked by His covenant people. Unfortunately, we are limited in our understanding of the details of His grand plan. He has, however, provided us a way to pray when we don’t know what to pray for. We can pray the perfect will and plan of God, not just for ourselves but for His work around the world, by praying in the Holy Spirit language. Do something positive for the Lord today, pray in the Spirit for 15 minutes without even asking why. It will help someone somewhere.
If Satan didn’t fight praying in tongues he would be falling down on His job. He hates for God to be magnified and praised. He can’t afford to let believers get strong and overcome weaknesses. And He certainly doesn’t want large numbers of covenant people praying the perfect will of God and releasing the plan of God in the earth. The only way the enemy can stop these things is to convince the Spirit-filled Church that tongues are weird, unimportant, or that they actually come from him. Don’t you let him steal your blessing! Get in your prayer closet and pray in the Spirit!
Somebody Said: There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. — Freya Madeline Stark
Scripture Reading: So, my dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and don’t forbid speaking in tongues. But be sure that everything is done properly and in order. (1Co 14:39-40 NLT)
I believe in the baptism with the Holy Spirit accompanied by speaking in other tongues. This experience has blessed my life immensely. I am happy to be one who encourages other tongue talkers to pray in the Spirit. If we don’t, who will? If no one does, what will not happen that should happen? I don’t want to know.