Acts 2:4 – And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with different tongues, as the Spirit was giving them the ability to speak out.
Acts 19:6 – And when Paul had laid hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying.
I think the prayer language that we see throughout the New Testament is probably the most underrated and maligned part of our Christian faith. Think about it for a moment, the first thing that happened on the day the church was born was that they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they all began to speak with tongues. This was not some afterthought but a very intentional demonstration by the Lord of the way He intends to effect the whole world. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit accompanied by speaking, or praying, in tongues is the epicenter of the release of the power of God to change the world.
First this phenomenon intentionally bypasses our natural mind. Rather than being the solution, man’s ways are more often the problem than the solution. When we pray in the Spirit our understanding is not involved. Rather we are yielding to the Holy Spirit allowing Him to express Himself in us and through us. In other words we get out of the way and allow the Lord to work in us.
This practice encompasses various types of prayer. The first is devotional. In Acts 10 and 11 the Jewish believers were astonished when they saw Gentiles being baptized in the Holy Spirit. How did they know? They heard them magnifying or worshipping God in various dialects. That is the basic or beginning function of the prayer language, to bring each of us into a supernatural place of intimacy through worship.
Another type of prayer is simply praying for ourselves in the Spirit. Paul said we don’t know how to pray as we should but when we allow the Holy Spirit to pray through us He prays the will of God in our lives cooperating with His plan to work all things together for our good Romans 8:26-28. He helps our weaknesses and puts together our broken lives.
I believe if we would pray in the Spirit consistently and for extended periods of time our world and the world around us would change. This is November 2022. I am asking you to consider joining with me daily for this month and pray in the Holy Spirit language for at least fifteen minutes each day. I believe our world and your life will be greatly and permanently effected.