The Power of Your Prayer Language (Part 4)

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds), casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

God has given us many weapons with which to war against the enemy of our souls – the Word of God, the blood of Jesus, the name of Jesus, our faith, the word of our testimony, heavenly revelation, and worship, for starters.  One of the most powerful weapons of our warfare is our prayer language.

For most of us, Ephesians 6:10-18 is a familiar passage about spiritual warfare.  We have been taught consistently about six pieces of the armor – the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, and the sword of the spirit.  There are actually seven pieces to the armor, but the seventh is rarely mentioned.  Take another look at verse 18: “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit ….”  I personally believe that this seventh piece of our armor, “praying in the Spirit,” refers to our prayer language.

Let’s examine how praying in tongues becomes a mighty weapon of our warfare:

We talked last time about how praying in tongues gets rid of our “stinking thinking.”  As we pray in the Spirit, it helps to bring our thoughts into obedient lining up with how Christ would think, and it helps us to recognize imaginations of the mind that are not in keeping with His Word so that we refuse to indulge them (2 Corinthians 10:5).  The mind is a huge battlefield – probably the devil’s favorite arena of combat.  If he can get us messed up in our minds, he can render us ineffective in every area of our Christian lives.  A mind paralyzed by fear, doubt, confusion, hatred, bitterness, unforgiveness, unbelief, etc. makes for a Christian who does nothing to advance God’s kingdom.  The renewed mind, on the other hand, makes us strong for the battle, and as we discovered in Part 3, praying in tongues paves the way for that renewed mind.

Praying in tongues builds our faith.  Jude 20 says, “…building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.”  This is referring to praying in tongues.  Our faith is naturally built through communication with God, because He is a God of faith.  Praying in tongues is an avenue we use to deeply interact with Him and thereby take on the faith of God.

Praying in tongues enables us to pray rightly, with pinpoint accuracy.  Many situations that need to be bathed in prayer are complicated.  We do not always have the necessary details at our disposal, or the wisdom to know what to do with those details if we did have them, but the Holy Spirit does.  Romans 8:26, 27 tells us, “Likewise the Spirit also helps our weaknesses: for we don’t know what we should pray for as we ought to, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And He Who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  As we use our prayer language, we are praying perfect spirit-to-Spirit prayers, not limited to the understanding of our natural minds.  We are praying words given to us by the Holy Spirit, Who understands the ins and outs of every situation, and Who understands the will of Father God.

We will talk some more about the prayer language as a weapon of our warfare next time.

Previous: The Power of Your Prayer Language (Part 3)
Next: The Power of Your Prayer Language (Part 5) 


Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual



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7 responses to “The Power of Your Prayer Language (Part 4)

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  4. I have a prayer language, and have had for several years. It seems like I just say the same thing over and over again, though. And recently – within the past few months, when I’m praying, my mind starts to become very critical of God. It seems like mostly what I say in my prayer language is all praise to Him – which should be absolutely terrific. However, I want to be lifting up “those He has given me” and interceeding for their salvation, deliverance, restoration – things like that. When I start to pray in my prayer language and my mind starts in with criticism – I just get frustrated and stop. I do NOT want, in any way to dishonor God, and I know He knows my thoughts.

    I would appreciate anything you could offer. I just started reading your website – I was looking for a list of warfare weapons – your articles on that subject are quite good and make sense to me without a bunch of sensationalism. The prayer language was one of the links, so I started reading that article and some of the comments at the bottom and thought I’d take a chance to see if you could shed some light on what’s going on with my prayer language and how I might counteract the thoughts.

    Thanks so much,


    • Concerning the critical thoughts, it sounds to me like the enemy is trying to discourage you from praying in tongues. When you get frustrated and stop, that is exactly what he wants to have happen. Very likely, those critical thoughts are not originating with you, but are being jammed into your mind by the enemy.

      What I would do is verbally rebuke the evil spirit behind the critical thoughts in the authority of the Name of Jesus (i.e. “I bind and rebuke the enemy who is causing these evil thoughts, in the Name of Jesus”), renounce the thoughts themselves (i.e. “and I renounce these thoughts which do not line up with God”) and then press on and pray in tongues in spite of them, whether they cease immediately or not. Sometimes attacks of this sort stop immediately, and sometimes they don’t. Either way, we press on to our victory. If you have in any way agreed with the critical thoughts, then ask God’s forgiveness for that, but I’ll bet they did not originate with you, so don’t let the enemy make you feel condemned for them.

      Many. many Christians have experienced foul language flying through their minds that they would never personally use, and have been horrified and have gotten condemned, not realizing they were not really the ones thinking those things, and that it was an attack of the enemy. This criticalness you are experiencing is probably of a similar nature.

      How do you know for sure that your prayer language is only being used for praise, since you cannot know what you are saying, except when the Lord gives you an interpretation? But I suspect that a majority of what we pray in tongues may be praise and thanksgivings, even when we are interceding. We are speaking in faith, and Philippians 4:6 tells us to let our requests be made known with thanksgiving (because we are confident that He will answer us, and that we have received what we are asking for).

      The prayer language that I speak in most of the time seems to have a lot of Hebrew, Arabic, and Greek words interjected into it. And sometimes I know what those words mean, not by spiritual interpretation, but because I’ve run across them somewhere. I see that I am doing a lot of extolling the greatness of the Lord, even in the midst of intense intercession. When you get to the “Worship and the Intercessor” series at this blog, you will see a post about worship as a weapon of our warfare. Worship accomplishes GREAT things in intercession. We war from a throne room position in Christ of having already won the victory and worship is a huge part of establishing our victory in the earthly realm.

      So, when you pray in tongues, if you have understanding that you are engaging in praise more than in petitioning, remember that the Holy Spirit knows better than we do how to pray into any situation, Father already knows what we need before we ask, and you are praying perfect prayers. Ten words of intercession in tongues gets the job done better than a thousand words in our own understanding. Maybe praise is exactly what is needed to accomplish getting the answer to your intercession — or maybe, you are praising so much because the need is already met and you are extolling God for the victory already won.


  5. WOW – thank you! I am a critical person by nature – I was raised in a very negative, critical atmosphere. I have renounced all of that many many times, but that is where my belief comes from that those thoughts are from me. Your explanation is comforting and when I pray in my prayer language in the future, I will press through those thoughts and renounce them if necessary. As for why I think most of my prayer language is praise – praise words are usually interspersed with my prayer language – a prayer language phrase is spoken, then (without my thinking) a praise phrase in English follows. And the phrases are usually pretty much the same. My prayer words don’t seem to change much most of the time.

    Again – thank you. I will continue to read your “stuff” and check out the “Worship and the Intercessor” series.

    God’s blessings,


  6. Just came across this page this morning. Thanks.


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