Matt.18:19,20 – Again, I give you an eternal truth: If two of you agree to ask God for something in a symphony of prayer, my heavenly Father will do it for you. For wherever two or three come together in honor of my name, I am right there with them!”
Rom.8:26,27 – And in a similar way, the Holy Spirit takes hold of us in our human frailty to empower us in our weakness. For example, at times we don’t even know how to pray, or know the best things to ask for. But the Holy Spirit rises up within us to super-intercede on our behalf, pleading to God with emotional sighs too deep for words.
God, the searcher of the heart, knows fully our longings, yet he also understands the desires of the Spirit, because the Holy Spirit passionately pleads before God for us, his holy ones, in perfect harmony with God’s plan and our destiny.
Praying in the Spirit has deeply impacted my life over these last 49 years. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues in 1973, this gift has been a huge part of my spiritual journey and development over almost five decades. I think praying in the Spirit (tongues) may be the most misunderstand and devalued part of our Christian experience. Sadly, many Christian’s lives are based on what that have been taught and much of that teaching has been a head knowledge. I am firmly committed to experimental or experiential Christianity. The very beginning of that is the heavenly language. It has to be vital, it was the very first thing that happened the day the church was born. The one hundred and twenty gathered believers were all filled with the Holy Spirit and all began to speak in tongues. Apparently they were all praying in tongues together at the same time. We need more of that in church today.
One of the beautiful things that happens when we pray in the Spirit is this beautiful harmony that we step into. We begin to harmonize with heaven and then we harmonize with all other believers who are stepping into this realm. Now don’t take this wrong, we are one with those who don’t speak in tongues, but the experience of spiritual harmony is just not there. When we begin to pray and sing with other believers in the Spirit, we taste heaven on earth like you can no where else. I know there is strong opposition to this; no wonder the overall church is so weak, immature, carnal, and lacks power. I say be filled with the Spirit, earnestly desire spiritual gifts (especially the gift of prophesy), don’t quench the Spirit, and don’t forbid anyone from speaking in tongues.