Good morning, precious reader! As I mentioned yesterday I will be doing a Christian devotion series on praying in the Spirit. I am basing my writings on Reverend Kenneth E. Hagin‘s “Bible Prayer Study Course”. Everything you see in boldface and italics is from his book. I love his writing because he made everything so simple and easy to grasp! Grab your coffee or tea and let’s dig right in!
Tongues: A Means of Magnifying God
I was a Christian minister for several years before I received the baptism in the Holy Spirit. I used to go down to the barn and get up in the hayloft to pray. I prayed and had some wonderful times with the Lord in prayer.
However, I still went away from those times disappointed, although I was blessed. I would try to tell God how much I loved Him. I would use all the descriptive adjectives I had at my disposal to tell God how wonderful He is. I would exhaust my vocabulary and leave that place of prayer feeling disappointed in my spirit that I had not said what I wanted to say. My spirit felt like I had cheated it.
It’s just like going to a restaurant to get something to eat. I don’t mind paying for food when I get something to eat. But, I don’t like walking up to the cash register to pay for something when my stomach is still crying, “You cheated me!”
I would go away from the place of prayer unsatisfied, with my spirit crying, “You cheated me.” I didn’t know what it was that I was missing. I knew that I was a child of God. I knew that I had been healed by the power of God. I knew I had been raised up from a deathbed. I knew God called me to preach; I even saw some get healed. But I would go away from that place of prayer with something on the inside of me saying, “You cheated me.” because my spirit wanted to pray, too, apart from my understanding….my mind.
King James Version (KJV)
14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, MY SPIRIT PRAYETH, but my understanding is unfruitful.
One thing I appreciate about being filled with the Holy Ghost is speaking with tongues. From the day I was Spirit filled to this day, I have worshipped and magnified God, praying and singing in tongues, and I have communicated with God by this means every single day.
I have never again left the place of prayer with my spirit crying, “You cheated me.” I have never left the place of prayer with the feeling that I didn’t say what I wanted to say because my spirit had been divinely enabled to say what it wanted to say by the Holy Spirit who indwells me.
I would not argue and fuss about it, but I simply feel sorry for folks who can’t see the truth of the Bible. I want them to enjoy the blessings of God, too. Praise the Lord! If I have something good, I want others to enjoy it.
I want to invite you to come on in to this biblical experience of speaking in tongues and begin to communicate with God supernaturally through praying in the Spirit. God want to do so much more for you. He wants to communicate with you in a more effective means than just by your native language. He wants to communicate with you supernaturally through the precious Holy Spirit.
Some of you may be thinking that I believe this and AM baptized in the Holy Spirit because it is what my denomination has taught me. But, before you go any further in that thinking let me tell you something. I know tongue talking Baptists, Catholics, and Methodists!! They are full of the Holy Ghost and power!! They were not raised to know about this! BUT, when they were taught about it, they didn’t reject the truth of the Word either!
I believe many never come into this fullness for one reason…FEAR! The enemy makes them afraid of it, because he knows it is a language he cannot understand! If he can’t understand it, and it is a fact it is a communication between you and God, then he can’t THWART it!! satan is POWERLESS against it! This is why he fights it so hard!! Don’t believe the enemy of your soul! God cannot and will not lie to you! Trust Him in this area. You will be so glad you did, and will never regret it!
Blessings, precious reader! Tomorrow we will cover “Tongues: A Means of PRAYING Supernaturally. Don’t miss any of these very important Christian devotions!! I will see you soon! Juliana
In this Christian devotion we are going to learn how praying in the Spirit is essential to building our faith! I will be, as always, basing MUCH on what the Reverend Kenneth E. Hagin taught me through the “Bible Prayer Study Course”!
This is where we learn praying in tongues is NOT just for the church, although it is given to the church for exhortation (we will cover this more later). It is VERY important, that once you are saved and receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, you pray EVERY DAY in the Spirit! He will pray things through you, you have no knowledge of, of things to come and therefore many traps have been literally avoided without us even knowing they were ever laid for us to begin with. The Bible tells us the Holy Spirit prays the PERFECT will of God for our lives and when we pray in the Spirit, ALL things work together for our good! See the importance of why we do this emerging? Now, grab your coffee or tea and let us move into our lesson! EVERYTHING in boldface and in italics is from Rev. Hagin.
TONGUES: A MEANS OF EDIFYING YOURSELF SPIRITUALLY
Tongues is also a means of building yourself up spirtually. In 1 Corinthians 14:4, Paul said, “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself….” That means he builds himself up spiritually.
King James Version (KJV)
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
This verse does not say praying in the Holy Ghost will give you faith, but it says that praying in the Holy Ghost will BUILD YOU UP on your most holy faith. Praying in tongues builds you up on the faith you already have; it is a means of spiritual edification.
I had an experience when I was a pastor of a community church that helped me a great deal. I happened to be staying in a good Christian home. The doctors said the woman of this home had an ulcerated stomach, and they confided to her husband that they thought it would probably turn into cancer of the stomach. She could not eat anything except baby food and a few raw eggs mixed in sweet milk, and she had trouble keeping even that on her stomach. She was desperately ill.
I wasn’t there when she later received the baptism in the Holy Ghost, but she told me about her experience of being filled with the Holy Ghost and speaking with tongues. No one prayed for her healing, but from that moment she received the Holy Ghost, she was automatically healed and ate anything she wanted. She was perfectly healed!
I believe in divine healing because the Word of God talks about it and because I myself had been raised up off a deathbed. One surely could not find fault with an experience that could bring both healing and blessing. The woman was a believer, a child of God, and I considered her to be a very wonderful Christian. In fact, I considered her to be one of the most wonderful Christian women I had ever met. After this woman received the Holy Spirit and began praying in tongues, she built herself up in her most holy faith, and her faith began to operate.
I have seen that many times. Many times people with incurable conditions receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost and speak with tongues and are healed. I prayed for some of these same people before, and they did not receive their healing when I prayed for them, for one reason or another. We know that speaking with tongues is a tremendous spiritual boost to a person. It does edify him and him up!
Praise God, I trust this Christian devotion has brought encouragement to you, dear reader!! I know reading it again has brought joy to my heart! Come back tomorrow when we will learn about “Tongues: A Means of Magnifying God”! You won’t be disappointed!! Blessings in abundance to you!! Juliana
Yesterday was one for the books! I can honestly say it was one of the worst days I have ever had to go through. It started early! Actually it started at 6 a.m.. Slowly, but very surely it headed downhill from there. What is sad is it was supposed to be a wonderful day for me! I would at last hold my first book in my hand. A dream I had, had since I was a child would come true that day. My publisher told me to have tissues nearby, because it would be so joyous. I didn’t get to cry tears of joy yesterday, I had to deal with other things.
I am not going to give the devil the pleasure of telling you each thing he did. As I sit and look back on yesterday, I am thinking it through asking God what on earth happened?? This book must be one more powerful book and I can say that because GOD wrote that book!! I had the easy part…I just typed it! I have heard all of my life the devil attacks the hardest when you are making the most headway! If the suffering I endured was indeed for Christ yesterday, it was worth it!
It is literally like pulling teeth to write this. I write through a veil of tears. But yesterday is over and the remnants that want to carry over into today, but God will show me how to deal with those! No weapon formed against me shall prosper and every tongue that rises against me shall be shown to be in the wrong is my mantra and it will get me through. If God be for me, who can be against me? Not one person. Does it hurt when those you love most are the ones many times that bring that hurt? Oh, yes! But, God sees it and God will bring it back around to a place of justice and grace!
Christianity is not a bed of roses and persecution is not fun, but it is part of it and you have to know who the source of it is! Today is a new day. The hurts of yesterday are trying to linger but I have a choice! Today, I choose joy! Today, I choose to be an overcomer! I get to choose! Satan, nor anyone he tries to use against me gets to choose but I get to choose what my slate will say today!! That slate says today I am an encourager, I am unselfish, I am full of God’s love, I flow in His Spirit toward other hurting people, I put a smile on my face and I wear the full armor of God so that I can resist the wiles of the enemy!!
There is a song that is running over in my head we sang when I was a little girl in an old country church. The words went something like this…
I will not be defeated, I will not be defeated, I will not be defeated anymore!
When the Holy Ghost came in, he gave me power over sin! I will not be defeated anymore!
That doesn’t just mean MY sin, but the sins of others against me! It is defeated and I am the victor!! When you see yourself as something you will act it out! I see it and I act on it!! Today and everyday, victory is mine. I only lose it if I hand it over through seeing and doing things my way instead of God’s. I have a choice here, too…I choose God’s way, therefore I choose joy!
Blessings, dear reader! I will see you next time! Juliana
We will continue our prayer series from Bro. Hagin’s book “Prayer Study Course”. Grab your coffee and Bible and let us dig in to this wonderful and beautiful truth!
I want every Christian to know the joy of fellowshipping with the Lord in the Spirit. As we discussed earlier, the Holy Spirit in you can help you with your praying. The Bible says”…my spirit (by the Holy Spirit within me) prays…. (1 Corinthians 14:14 Amplified Bible).
I cannot overestimate what this kind of praying has meant to my life personally. There is no way in the world to estimate its value. I simply could never overestimate the value of praying in tongues.
For example, I have traveled for many years away from home. And again and again, if anything was happening at home about which I needed to be aware, the Holy Spirit would immediately alert me in my spirit. I would wake up in the night and something on the inside of me would say, “Something is not right. One of the family members is in trouble. Something is wrong.”
Immediately I would say to the Holy Ghost (no, I do not pray to the Holy Ghost. But He is a Person, a Divine Personality, and He is within me, and I do talk to Him, ( ”I don’t know what is wrong, but You know everything. You are in me as my Helper. Help me pray about this condition or situation the way it should be prayed about.)
Then I would begin praying in tongues. I would pray on and on in tongues. I have prayed as many as six hours in tongues. Many times He will let me know what I am praying about and give me the answer to my prayer in my spirit. Whether He shows me the answer right then or not, in a few days I see the situation work out fine. We can do work for God praying supernaturally in tongues.
I do fifty percent of my praying in tongues. For instance, if my son or daughter or members of their families are having some trouble, I might not know what the trouble is. I will tell the Lord that I don’t know for what to pray as I ought, but that I am looking to the Holy Spirit to help me. Sometimes I pray for my children for an hour in tongues.
Sometimes I will have a revelation or God will show me the answer. He will show me just exactly what to do. Whether or not you have any revelation about the situation you are praying about, just continue to pray in tongues because the Holy Spirit knows and He is taking hold with you against the problem. That kind of praying gets the job done when nothing else will.
A friend whom I had known since he was a child, became a minister when he grew up. When he was in his early twenties he went to preach a service one night, and on the way back home, a fellow who was weaving all over the highway in his car hit this minister’s car head on.
At this time the young minister and his wife were living with the minister’s father who was a pastor. The father got a call from the hospital and was told that his son had been in a car wreck.
When the father got there, the doctors told him that his son’s neck and back were broken, and that he was paralyzed from his waist down and was unconscious. The doctor said the young minister would always be paralyzed to some extent, and they doubted if he would ever make much improvement. Actually, the doctors couldn’t understand why he wasn’t dead. They put him in a full body cast. The father stayed by his son’s bedside all night. At one point, his son had temporarily regained consciousness but had again lapsed back into unconsciousness.
The next night when the father went to the hospital, the young man was still unconscious. The father told the nurses he was going to stay and pray at his son’s bedside.
The young minister regained consciousness for a little while again that night. The father told his son to blink his eyes if he could understand what he was saying to him, so the son blinked his eyes. Then the young man lapsed back again into unconsciousness. The father stayed by his bedside and prayed. He began to pray at eight in the evening. At twelve midnight, the father was still praying in tongues. He heard the nurse come in, but he never opened his eyes; he just kept praying. He prayed about ten hours in tongues.
Early the next morning at about six, the father got up and went over to his son. He saw that his son was lying there with his eyes open. He asked his son if he could hear him, and his son spoke up and said he could. The young man told the father that he was alright and that God had healed him. The young man began to wiggle his fingers and toes; he had feeling all over his body.
The nurse and the doctor came in, and they both said it was truly amazing; it was a miracle! The young minister told them that God had healed him and that he wanted the doctor to take the cast off. He told the doctor that he would find that the two breaks in his back and neck were healed and that he was alright.
After much persuasion the doctor took the young minister and x-rayed his spine. The doctor came back and said he couldn’t believe it! He couldn’t even find where his back had been broken. God had mended it so that it was just as normal as it was before! The doctor examined the x-rays again and still couldn’t find anything. They kept the young man hospitalized for a day or two and kept checking him. They told him to wear a neck brace for a little while, but he went home and took it off.
Years later this man was still alright. He has been out preaching the gospel for years. The church had prayed about it, but the father got the job done when he began to pray in the Spirit. He got the help of the Holy Ghost. You increase your power in prayer 100 percent by praying in other tongues!
Many times I have prayed in tongues for hours, and in that time the tongues have changed and I have spoken half a dozen different tongues or languages. Many times as the tongues would change, God would let me see foreign people. I would see foreign houses and buildings. That vision would stay before me all the time I was praying in tongues. I didn’t know what tongues I was praying in, but I knew I was praying for those foreign people in their native tongue.
In some cases, I would later pick up a Pentecostal magazine and see the picture of the very folks for whom I was praying. I would read about a revival that broke out in that area. I believe the Spirit of God enabled me to have a part in it. You can stay home and have a part in the work of God around the world. There are more ways than one to “go” and take the gospel around the world.
I hope you enjoyed this segment on “Praying in the Spirit”! Tomorrow we will be discussing “Praying in Tongues is Unselfish Prayer”! Blessings to you, dear reader!!
I am so excited to continue our series on Spirit filled prayer! Once again, grab your coffee and Bible and let us get right to it! Today we will be talking about “divers kinds of tongues” and specifically what that means. Enjoy!!
“Divers kinds of tongues are supernatural utterances given by the Holy Ghost, which are languages never learned or understood by the speaker. However, divers kinds of tongues are not always unknown to the hearers. I say that because sometimes people are present who understand a language one might receive when they are initially filled with the Holy Ghost or even when they minister in tongues in a public assembly or group.
A minister once told me about taking a trip to Mexico. He and his wife spent several days there, and this minister had the opportunity to preach in one of the mission stations in Mexico. This minister had taken a load of provisions from his church to the needy people in Mexico.
He said, “I preached about five nights, and the missionary interpreted my sermon to the people in Spanish. One night, I saw the most beautiful sight I had ever seen in my life. There was a large, homely woman who came to receive the Holy Ghost. The power of God fell on her and she began to speak in the most perfect English I had ever heard in my life. I understood everything she said.”
The woman had not been to school a day in her life. She spoke only Latin-American Spanish. In other words, Spanish was her native language or tongue. In the natural, she couldn’t speak a word of English. But when she received the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, she was given an utterance in a known tongue-known to some, but unknown to her. That did something for me spiritually! I have never been the same since.
Because it is called divers kinds of tongues, that is, different or diverse kinds of tongues, occasionally someone present may know the tongue which is spoken by another. However, this will not always be the case. Sometimes the diverse tongue is absolutely unknown to man. Sometimes the believer is speaking with heavenly languages because in another scripture we read, “…No man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries” 1 Corinthians 14:2. But, thank God, God understands.
I have also been enabled by the Holy Spirit in ministering tongues in public, and sometimes even in praying in other tongues, to speak in a known tongue-that is, known to man, but unknown to me.
For example, I was in a prayer meeting with two Spirit-filled denominational pastors one time, and it was one of the greatest prayer meetings I have ever been in. We have been praying in tongues for a long time. As we were praying, I noticed that one of the pastors looked at me several times. I continued to pray in tongues. Afterwards, I asked him why he was looking at me. He asked, “Did you know what language you were speaking?” I said, “No, I was just praying.” He said, “You were speaking Spanish.” I said, ” If I was, I didn’t know it. I was just praying.”
The pastor said, “I speak Spanish and I understood what you said. Actually, not only did you pray, but you quit praying and began talking to me in Spanish. I understood what you said.”
The Holy Spirit was talking to this pastor in a language he could understand. The tongue was unknown to me, but not to this pastor.
Just after I spoke that message in tongues to him, the power of God came upon him, and he fell on his face on the floor. The Holy Spirit gave him a vision. He laid there about forty minutes.
This pastor had a church of about 2,000 members. A Spirit-filled deacon in his church had offered to pay this pastor’s way to this convention. This denominational pastor had accepted the deacon’s offer and had become convinced of the truth of God’s Word and the reality of God’s Spirit!
Thank God for the supernatural gifts of the Spirit!”
As you see, dear reader, there are different types of tongues. Whether they are known to man or a heavenly language is up to God. Many times God will call unsaved people in their native tongue to show them He is real and salvation is through Jesus and the belief in Him alone!
Tomorrow, we will cover the importance of speaking in tongues! I look forward to seeing you then! Blessings in abundance!!