"I knew the Lord was instructing me to get back to the basics of praying in tongues and exercising my prayer language."
College football is a big thing in my home state of Alabama where my family and I live. We have had great success at the University of Alabama as Coach Nick Saban has guided the Crimson Tide to victory after victory. He is famous for the many national championships he has won and his simple strategy, which is do the basics well and the victories will come.
Personally, the last decade has been a very trying time for us as a church as we have been contending for victory over many promises we believe God has spoken to us. To be honest, it has left us weary.
Recently, while seeking the Lord, I experienced a strong word in my spirit that led me to Isaiah 28:11-12. This is what the Holy Spirit reminded me: For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, to whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest.” And, “This is the refreshing." Yet they would not hear.
I heard a teaching years ago that related this scripture to praying in tongues. I researched the scriptures and found that Paul the Apostle used this reference in I Corinthians 14:21. In the law it is written: “With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; and yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,” says the Lord.
As I continued to pray and ask for clear revelation, I knew the Lord was instructing me to get back to the basics of praying in tongues and exercising my prayer language, and as I listened and obeyed that I would find a place of refreshing that would lead us to victories in this season.
As I have energetically applied this principle to my everyday life and challenging circumstances, I am finding a refreshing and renewal in my faith and expectation of God’s promises to be fulfilled as I engage in this basic spiritual practice.
My study of scripture pertaining to praying in tongues has also been encouraging and enlightening. I would like to present to you for your own edification and exhortation four basic scriptural steps that will prayerfully encourage you and activate or reactivate your prayer language so that you may experience the same refreshing and renewal that I am enjoying.
1. According to I Corinthians 14:4, “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself.” Praying in tongues builds us up in the spirit.
2. Jude 20 tells us this, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, pray in the Holy Spirit….” Praying in tongues builds us up in our faith.
3. Romans 8:26-27 encourages us, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Praying in tongues ensures us of praying God’s will.
4. I Corinthians 14:2 connects us. “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.” Praying in tongues brings me into communion with God and gives me access to the mysteries of God.
If you have never engaged in this basic spiritual practice, I encourage you to pray to the Father the prayer that Jesus instructed us to pray in Luke 11:9-12: “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
This may be a very basic teaching for those of us who understand the revelation and power of being filled with the indwelling of Holy Spirit and practice praying in our prayer language. However, I know that many of us get sidetracked and move away from simply doing the basics well. In every aspect of life from the military to the sports arena, constant preparation and training is necessary to be prepared to win the victory in the battles that rage in the spiritual realm and in the natural.
I want to encourage you that if you find yourself weary or have moved away from the basic spiritual practice of praying in tongues that you take this opportunity to heed the words of Paul in 2 Timothy 1:6, “Therefore, I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you….”
Many blessings to you and yours as you move with God’s Spirit in this season as you engage in praying in tongues while being refreshed and led to even greater victories.
We believe Paul must have had an Alabama spirit when he said in 1 Corinthians 14:18, “I pray in tongues more than y'all.”
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