Pray in the Spirit!
Ephesians 6:18-19a- "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me"
Jude 1:20 - "But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit"
1 Corinthians 14:14-15 - "For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding."
Praying in tongues is scriptural. It is God’s desire for God’s children. It is God's given gift to the first century church.
Our Apostles practiced it and the church exercised that gift for individual edification and the expansion of Christianity.
In all religions and in all denominations, people pray to God in their known languages, but only God’s children have the privilege to pray in the Spirit (pray in other tongues).
Praying in tongues is a higher level of prayer life, because we speak mysteries in prayer and we have a private conversation between ourself and our Father in heaven.
1 Corinthians 14:2,4 - "For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves."
Romans 8:26-27 - "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God."
James 4: 3 - "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures."
Mathew 6: 7-8 - "And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him."
When we pray in our own language, there may be errors and it may not be the will of God we pray, but when we allow the Holy Spirit to utter through our tongue, the Spirit intercedes for us.
Let us start praying in Spirit and go to a higher level in our prayer life.
May the Holy Spirit control our prayers!