MY SPIRIT PRAYS
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.
1 Cor.14:14,15 NASB
Parris preached a message recently where she stated, “Your spirit is the master, your soul and body are the servants.” Is that true in your life? Is your inner man ruling your life or are you being controlled by your emotions or your fleshly lusts?
One of the ways the Lord has provided for us to strengthen our inner man is by praying in the Spirit. Paul said that when we pray in the Spirit our mind is “unfruitful”. That is another way of saying our mind is uninvolved or does not comprehend what is happening. When you begin to experience and practice praying in the Spirit, you begin to yield control of your life to your inner man (energized by the Holy Spirit). As a result, your mind, therefore your soulish, controlling self, yields control of your life to the Spirit.
We all want to stay “in control” of our lives because we think we know best. This is one of the reasons our prayer language is essential, it is about yielding control of your life to the Lord. When you yield your tongue to the supernatural flow of the Spirit, at first, your mind will say you are crazy. After awhile, you will begin to enjoy and trust the moving and leading of the Spirit as your inner man is being built up and strengthened by this dynamic, supernatural gift.
When I first sought the baptism in the Spirit, I seemed to have a bad case of lockjaw. I was experiencing the presence of the Lord, but having quite a hard time yielding my tongue to the Lord. (It seems it is more common for men to experience this lockjaw manifestation.) One night, while I was sleeping, I began to dream that I was praying in other tongues. The dream became so powerful that it woke me from my sleep. To my delight, from that night on, I began to experience a release and began to pray regularly in this heavenly language. Why did it happen in my sleep? I guess the Holy Spirit caught my soul and my body off guard. In their state of unconsciousness, my spirit was able to receive and began to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit.
Is your life being controlled by soulish emotions or carnal appetites, if so, you need the Baptism in the Spirit. After you begin to pray in tongues (a lot), you will be on your way to a Spirit controlled life.