In my last post, I mentioned some ways that our prayer language is a powerful spiritual weapon:
1.) It renews our mind, a major battleground where spiritual warfare goes on, so that we think like Jesus thinks. This enables us to recognize when the enemy is injecting “foreign” thoughts, so that we can take them captive and get rid of them quickly.
2.) It builds our faith, according to Jude 20. We take on the faith of God as we interact deeply with Him in our prayer language.
3.) It enables us to pray rightly, with accuracy, because it is actually the Holy Spirit within us breathing the prayers, according to Romans 8:26, 27.
4.) It helps us to hear God clearly, so that we can be effective in our warfare. (I will talk about this in greater detail in my next post.)
Because the devil knows what a powerful weapon our prayer language is, he tries to stop it in any way he can. Doubt is his main tactic. He almost always tries to convince the newly baptized-in-the-Spirit person that nothing really happened, so that he or she will not attempt to pray in tongues again.
Sometimes people doubt their prayer language is real, because it sounds funny or halting. However, there are known languages in which a halting hesitancy is part of the language. There are languages that have very few syllables, in which the majority of the communication is done through voice inflection alone. There is even a language which is entirely made up of clicking sounds in the throat. Never belittle your prayer tongue, no matter how odd it may seem to you!
The devil will also attempt to use cessationist teaching, which says that the gifts of the Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12 (including healing and miracles) are not for today, to cause people either to doubt the prayer language they already have, or to avoid seeking to receive it in the first place.
You may find that doubts attack you about your prayer language’s effectiveness while you are in the midst of using it. This is the time to press through, past your mind, and use your prayer language in faith anyway. When I am praying for my pastor, especially when I am backing him up in prayer while he is preaching or laying hands on the sick, I almost always experience a doubt battle in my mind over whether my prayers in tongues are doing anything. I press through and continue to pray in the Spirit anyway. I do not listen to the doubts in my mind. This is merely the enemy’s attempt to get me to stop praying.
The devil fears what happens in the spirit realm when we pray in tongues.
Next time we will talk about how our prayer language enhances our ability to hear God’s voice.
Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual