Installment 3 of 3
Simply put, if you want things to go well with you, speak in tongues. Many amazingly accomplished men and women of God testify that speaking in tongues is a major key to their effective ministries. Some profess to a daily discipline that is much like putting gasoline in a car engine. They are empowered by all that the Holy Spirit does as they submit themselves to Him.
When we better understand the attributes and ways of the Holy Spirit, we can better understand how He prays for us. Isaiah 11:2 is a verse that summarizes the primary workings of the Holy Spirit. The name The 7-Fold Holy Spirit stems from this passage of Scripture;
“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him--
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—“
One thing we can be sure of: He is praying the very best prayer for us for that moment, through our unknown words.
Here’s what is released by the Holy Spirit when we pray in tongues;
1. His presence. When we pray in tongues, we are inviting the Holy Spirit to come and be with us. His fruit is listed in Galatians5:22-23;
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
David was desperate for God’s presence. In Psalm 51:11, he pleaded, “Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” In His presence, He meets our heart’s needs. For example, may ask for peace, but He may give us peace and kindness and gentleness. He surprises us. He comforts us. He knows what we most need.
His fruit has more fertile ground, and begins to grow in ways it never could before.
When we are needing to know what to do and we pray in tongues, solutions materialize.
“All wisdom comes from the Lord,
and so do common sense
God gives helpful advice
to everyone who obeys him
and protects all of those
who live as they should.
God sees that justice is done,
and he watches over everyone
who is faithful to him.”
I Corinthians 2:7 explains, “No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.” One of the ways to unveil this wisdom is through tongues.
3. The Spirit of Understanding. Proverbs 2:6-8, listed above, also talks about common sense and understanding coming from the Lord. It isn’t unusual to open The Bible after praying in tongues and to find verses you had never noticed before, or understood before. These words may shed light on your situation. Sometimes things just occur to us, seemingly out of nowhere. It is amazing and wonderful!
Praying in tongues is good for the brain! If you realize that you are dealing with confusion or chaos, it is vital that you go to a quiet room or place and pray in the Spirit! As you pray, sometimes for a longer while, and sometimes for just a few moments, you will feel the confusion leave. Understanding will come. Praise God for the work He does in this way! Persevere until you feel a breakthrough. You will feel compelled to continue until the Holy Spirit's work is done in the situation. Then you will feel His wonderful peace.
If you realize that you are dealing with confusion or chaos, it is vital that you go to a quiet room or place and pray in the Spirit!
I Corinthians 14:2 speaks specifically about tongues. It says, “For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.” Tongues really is an awesome provision from God!
4. The Spirit of Counsel. The above passage from Proverbs 2:6-8 also specifically mentions counsel. It says, “God gives helpful advice to everyone who obeys him.” We know that well-intended earthly advice doesn’t always turn out to be helpful. The advice that God gives, however, is always helpful if we are living obediently before Him.
When we pray in the Spirit, things happen behind the scenes.
People pay a premium for legal counsel. God’s counsel is not that of the world. He knows all of the clauses and loopholes. When we pray in the Spirit, things happen behind the scenes. He nudges us to make the right decisions for His desired outcome.
Before Jesus left the earth, He made a promise in John 14:16-17;
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”
We can trust the Holy Spirit to help us, and to operate in truth, not false promises. In John 14:26, Jesus continues,
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
5. The Spirit of Power. The powers of nature are sometimes used to describe moves of the Holy Spirit. His arrival in the upper room is described as “a sound like the blowing of a violent wind” (Acts 2:2). Proverbs 18:4 says, “The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.” The Holy Spirit yields tremendous power.
The Greek word used for power here is dunamis, which means miracle power and explosive power.
In Ephesians 3:16, Paul prays for the Ephesian church; “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” This verse also uses the Greek word dunamis. Paul is praying for miracle power and explosive power for the church. This is what we invite into our lives when we pray in the Spirit!
6. The Spirit of Knowledge. One of our greatest weaknesses in regular prayer is our lack of knowledge. We don’t know all the facts. It’s impossible to do so. When we depend only on our own knowledge, our prayers are significantly limited. Hosea 4:6 describes the tragedy that our limited information can create; “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” When Jesus left us the Holy Spirit, He offered a solution to this problem. When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit and begin to speak in tongues, our lack of knowledge is overridden by all that God knows.
It is said that tongues frees our prayers from the bondage of the mind’s limitations. We no longer need to fear what we don’t know. The Holy Spirit covers it. He is not constrained by the earthly limitations that we are subject to.
When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit and begin to speak in tongues, our lack of knowledge is overridden by all that God knows.
2 Corinthians 7:1 says, “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” When we submit to the Holy Spirit, He reveals our misunderstood and explained-away sins so that we can confess them and repent of them before God.
When we fear the Lord, we have a keen understanding of Who He is and how great He is. Acts 10:46 says, “For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.” When we speak in tongues, we desire to give God His due glory! Burdens lift and joy can overtake us as we worship Him with clean hearts.
It is important to understand that praying in tongues in not a quick fix solution. It is, however, one of the best things you can do in a crisis, especially when you mix your prayers with songs of worship and words of praise. The Holy Spirit will minister to you tremendously. His solution may include extended prayer, or even fasting. He will show you. When you pray earnestly in tongues, you are on your way out of a hard situation. Many things that seem big become smaller. Other situations require extended warfare. The Holy Spirit will hold your hand through whatever process is required.
What an awesome package deal the Holy Spirit provides through tongues, given to us because of Jesus! If you are in need of any of these 7 generous and priceless gifts, go before Him and pray in the Spirit. When you, in humility, submit to Him by praying in the Spirit, you will see things happen. The more you submit to Him in this way, the more fruit of the Spirit you will see in your life. When you have adopted the discipline of praying in the Spirit in your daily life, things will go well for you!
This series began with
Tongues: An Often Misunderstood Gift
which was followed by
Tongues: A Misunderstood Gift, Part 2