The Mystery of Tongues


Ephesians 6:17-18(NKJV) - And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

What's praying with all prayer and supplication in The Spirit? A few months ago I was leading a discussion at Coffee Shop Conversations in Atlanta and that's what I was asked by a new Christian convert. Even though it sounds pretty simple it's not for many people. Really, what's the answer? What's all prayer? There is an obvious inference to different types of prayer. However, it cannot be broken down in such a way as to include supplication as one of the types since that's listed separately in the same verse. Hence, that type of grouping doesn't apply. So, I'll ask again. What's all prayer?

This is the sixth message in our series, "Seeing The Invisible." It's a continuation from Part Five, "Angels". Join us as we journey into the spirit realm where important things are taking place which we cannot see.

The Mystery of Tongues

I was stumped when asked to define "all prayer" to a new Christian. I asked The Lord in my heart and waited for an answer. Suddenly, The Lord gave me the most basic types of prayer in a list as simple as 1...2...3.

Type 1 - Calling on Him in a time of need without any scriptural support! For example; "Help me Jesus! Do something, Lord! Save me Jesus! Jesuuuuuuuuuuus!!!"

Type 2 - Praying The Word of God! For example; "Lord, according to Psalm 103, my life is redeemed from destruction and Psalm 91, I have angelic protection and long life. Lord, I need supernatural deliverance now!"

Type 3 - Praying in Tongues

Type 1 is not sophisticated in any way but when it comes from a genuine heart God does hear it. It's especially useful in times of desperation when you can't think straight. However it is prayer at the lowest level. It's a great place to start but at some point you have to graduate to something higher. Then The Lord said that both Types 2 and 3 are considered as praying in The Spirit. Let me explain.

The Mystery of Tongues

John 6:63(NKJV) - It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

Ephesians 6:17(KJV) - And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Hebrews 4:12(KJV) - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The Word of God is spirit. When you pray The Word of God you are praying in His Spirit. His words are not regular words, they are Spirit Words. They are powerful and make things happen! When you pray and you are loaded with God's Word in your heart, The Spirit of The Lord will bring the correct scriptures to your remembrance. As a result, by His leading, you will be directed to use your Spiritual Sword at the right time for the right situation. You can't just quote random, out of context scriptures but God's Spirit within you will reveal what to pray.

The Mystery of Tongues

Now.. for the best part! Type 3 - Speaking in Tongues.

Acts 2:4(KJV) - And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

1 Corinthians 14:2, 14 - For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.... For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

There's nothing like praying in other tongues. For some strange reason there is a debate in The Church about it. So now let's take this blog in that direction.

We'll continue from here tomorrow...

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