Let’s pray, Friend!
I don’t like unspoken prayer requests. That’s odd, I know, but I find it hard to pray for something if I don’t know what it is. Prayer is based on faith. To pray in faith, to be in agreement, I need to know what I’m praying for. If I don’t know what you want, I can’t pray for you. Your request may not even be the will of God, and that is always where faith begins. I remember one woman who asked me to pray that her husband would divorce her. I told her I couldn’t pray for that, but that we could pray for her husband’s salvation. If you want my prayers, tell me what you want, then I can tell you if I will pray.
There is one biblical way that I can pray for things I don’t know: praying in tongues. In fact, God has supernaturally prepared us to pray His perfect will into existence, even when we don’t know what that is. It is one of the least understood, least practiced, and most powerful blessings of being a Christian. Here are a few pertinent ideas:
· God designed the system so that we have a part to play: For Him to answer,we must ask. In addition, our motives must be right. God knows what you need, but you must ask in accord with his will. James 4:2-3 / Matthew 6:8
· Need does not move God: God cannot lie, and He gave man dominion in the earth. He does not move unless His covenant man asks Him. Titus 1:2 / Genesis 1:26 / Psalm 8:4-9
· He will intervene if asked, or if some other covenant condition is enacted. Note Genesis 18: 16-33 (Esp. Vv. 18-20) / Hebrews 8:6
· We have authority, but God has knowledge. God knows His plan and He knows our need. I don’t know all His plan, and I don’t know every situation, but I have a covenant-connected mouth with which to ask Him. Romans 8:26-27
· God designed a method for us to give Him permission to work in the earth, independent of our individual intelligence or knowledge. When I pray in tongues I am talking to God using words that come from God. 1 Corinthians 14:2, 14-15.
Somebody Said: Whenever God determines to do a great work, He first sets His people to pray. C. H. Spurgeon
Scripture Reading: I’m grateful to God for the gift of praying in tongues that he gives us for praising him, which leads to wonderful intimacies we enjoy with him. I enter into this as much or more than any of you. (1 Corinthians 14:18 MSG)
When I pray in tongues I am praying the unknown will of God. It may be for me, for you, or for someone we’ve never seen on the far side of the earth. One thing is sure, it is important. God’s will includes using the prayer language of the Spirit-filled believer to establish His plans in the earth. Two specific instructions to the New Testament church that insure the success of the will of God in the earth are:
1. Don’t forbid speaking in tongues. 1 Corinthians 14:39-40
2. Don’t quit: Ephesians 6:18
Let’s do this!