Tuesday, March 24 2020
LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY
For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. I Corinthians 14:2
Speaking in tongues is one of the most misunderstood gifts in the Bible, it scares the daylights out of the mainline denominations and is frequently abused in the Charismatic churches, but is it a viable gift for the Spirit-filled believer? Yes!
First of all, there are various kinds of tongues with various uses within the church, but the one I am speaking of is our individual prayer language between us and God! A mystery, yes, but very useful in our personal relationship with the Father. Our prayer language is a heavenly communication between our spirit and the Holy Spirit, not spoken in human language but the heavenly language we speak the utterances of the Most High.
Praying in tongues may not be interpreted immediately or not at all, but it opens lines of spiritual communication with God that in turn opens doors, brings about revelation, wisdom, and knowledge, as well as answers prayer that we don't know how or what to pray. Praying in the spirit is also a weapon against the schemes of the devil, defeating our ancient foe through the power and anointing of God!
Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. I Corinthians 14:13-15
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin