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The Power of Your Prayer Language (Part 7)

We’ve talked about why the gift of tongues, as used in our private prayer language, is so vital to living a powerful Christian life.  It produces health in our bodies, thoughts, and emotions.  It is one of the weapons of our spiritual warfare, is the seventh piece of the armor mentioned in Ephesians 6, and enables us to pray perfect prayers according to God’s will.  It produces a communion between God and us that causes us to walk in greater faith, wisdom, understanding, and discernment.  And, combined with the interpretation of tongues, it helps us to hear God’s voice.

The question we might ask at this point is, “Why would I not want to pray in tongues?”

I would like to encourage those of my readers who have not yet received their prayer language to press God for it until you do receive it.  It is not that He is unwilling to give it to us; it is that some of us have a harder time than others in pressing past our own issues to get to the point of yielding.  Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “… He [God] is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him,”  and Psalm 84:11 promises, “… No good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  As the saying goes, anything worth having is worth fighting for.  Great men of God, such as John G. Lake and Smith Wigglesworth, have struggled to receive their prayer language, yet they refused to give up until they received the promise, and they were not disappointed.

(Note: Since first writing this article, I have learned more about how to aid people in receiving their prayer language easily. Please see my article, How to Easily be Baptized in the Spirit with Tongues.)

For those of you who already have your prayer language, may I encourage you to use it abundantly?  You can train yourself into the habit of praying in tongues (in a whisper, if you like) while you work around the house, drive your car, and do other everyday tasks.  After awhile, it becomes so natural to pray in your prayer language, that you do not consciously make a decision to do it, and you may have been praying for some time before you become aware of it.  It enables us to be in constant communion with the Lord throughout our day.  It’s one of the ways to bring ourselves closer to Paul’s command to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Paul commented, “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all” (1 Corinthians 14:18).  If the prayer language was important to Paul, it should be treasured and nurtured by us, too.

Previous: The Power of Your Prayer Language (Part 6) 

 

Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual

 

 

The Baptism in the Spirit: Why You Need It & How to Get It, by Lee Ann Rubsam (CD or mp3)

The Power of Your Prayer Language (Part 6)

There is a cry inside most of us to hear God speak to us.  He wants to fulfill this longing.  One of the names by which He reveals Himself is “He Who Speaks” (Isaiah 52:6).  But a lot of people still struggle with learning to hear and know God’s voice.  One of the best ways to hear accurately from God is by praying in tongues and then receiving the interpretation.  I discovered this technique a few years ago, and it has truly enhanced my ability to hear God and to know how to pray.  Here’s how it works for me:

I pray a lot in tongues.  When I pray, I often switch back and forth between my prayer language and English.  I have learned to pay close attention to what I pray in English in between praying in tongues, because often it is something I would not know to pray in my natural mind.  It is actually an interpretation of what I have already been covering in my prayer language; it is fresh revelation from the Spirit Himself.  Interpretation may come as a phrase we pray out loud, a Scripture verse, a thought on how to pray, a word of knowledge, or even a picture or vision.

For instance, once while praying for a pastor-friend in tongues, I clearly heard the thought in my mind, “praying for the unexpected.”  I did not understand what it was about, but I continued to pray along the lines of preparing him for something unexpected.  About three weeks down the road, he experienced some very unpleasant circumstances that he had not foreseen.  But the way was prepared before him in intercessory prayer so that he could handle the event when it happened.

Another time I was praying for a loved one who was going through difficulties, and I was very concerned about receiving a good outcome for him.  The words, “God who performs all things for him” flowed out in English in the middle of my prayer language.  It was the Holy Spirit’s reminder of a Scripture verse, Psalm 57:2“I will cry unto God most high; unto God who performs all things for me.”  The Holy Spirit was using my prayer language to pray that God would take care of his need, and by interpreting the prayer for me, He was also assuring me that everything was going to be all right.

At still another time I was praying for my pastor for his upcoming sermon.  After praying in tongues for a bit, I was startled to hear myself speak in English, “God, help him with his sermon on brokenness.”  He had not informed me what his sermon was to be about, but it turned out to be exactly that.  God was interpreting my prayer language and giving me a word of knowledge.

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:13-15, “… let him who speaks in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.  For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.  What then?  I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also….”  Those of us who are Pentecostal or Charismatic understand that when a message is given publicly in tongues, an interpretation should be given.  However, few of us were ever taught that this is a normal part of using our prayer language privately as well.

If you have trouble hearing the voice of God, try asking Him to interpret for you what you are saying in your prayer language.  In addition, because we are communing with God on a spirit-to-Spirit level when we pray in tongues, it opens us up to revelation of other sorts.  You will find that you are more prone to having godly, creative ideas flow in your thoughts when you have been praying in tongues.  You may receive visions.  Your understanding and wisdom will increase.

I’ll have a few more thoughts on the power of our prayer language in the next post, and then we’ll be done.

Previous: The Power of Your Prayer Language (Part 5)
Next: The Power of Your Prayer Lanugage (Part 7) 

 

Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual

 

 

The Baptism in the Spirit: Why You Need It & How to Get It, by Lee Ann Rubsam (CD or mp3)

 

The Power of Your Prayer Language (Part 5)

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.

Previous: The Power of Your Prayer Language (Part 4)
Next: The Power of Your Prayer Language (Part 6) 

 

Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual

 

 

The Baptism in the Spirit: Why You Need It & How to Get It, by Lee Ann Rubsam (CD or mp3)

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

 

 

The Baptism in the Spirit: Why You Need It & How to Get It, by Lee Ann Rubsam (CD or mp3)

Catching Up on a Few Things

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It’s been a while since I posted, and I thought I would catch up on a few thoughts.  I am a home school mom with a teenager, an author/publisher, and a freelance writer, so that keeps me pretty busy, and it’s often hard to find time to write all the things I’d like to.  Far above all the writing though, I live to intercede.  Some of the books I write and publish address the things I’ve learned about prayer and intercession.  These can be found at our publishing web site, Full Gospel Family Publications.

Intercession is what makes me tick, and it’s where many hours each day are invested.  My particular bent is praying for my pastor and his wife.  I’ve been their intercessor for about eight years now, and I’ve come to understand during that time that this is a life-long calling.  I treasure it, and I treasure them.

I hope to do a series of blogs in days to come about the gift of tongues — why it is important, how to use it effectively in intercession, and I may even hit on the tiresome subject of whether it is still Scriptural to pray in tongues or whether it is “of the devil.”  (Ewww.  I can’t believe we are still wrangling on this one in the Body of Christ.)

 Months ago, I did a series of blogs on my personal journey in Soaking Prayer.  Now that I’m done rambling, I’d like to follow up on that a bit.

The Final Episode in Lee Ann’s Soaking Prayer Journey!

I mentioned way back when that I was going to read James Goll’s book, The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence, which is about contemplative prayer (another name for soaking prayer).  I read it, and it wasn’t on my wavelength.  Great book, just not for me.

I’ve really ceased to be concerned about soaking.  I spend time with the Lord the way it has always worked for me, without worrying anymore about whether I’m doing it “right.”  I spend a lot of time in worshipful intercession.  I ask God questions throughout that time, and listen for His answers.  My times with God are often conversational.  Sometimes I just lift my heart heavenward and adore Him.  Whether I’m worshipping or heavily interceding, I expect that He will reveal to me whatever I need to know.  He speaks as I pray in my prayer language, He speaks as I ask questions, He speaks at moments when I’m not expecting Him to — but I’ve got my ear tuned toward Him at all times.

As far as the heavenly visions which people promised as a result of soaking prayer, I quit being frustrated about that, too.  I probably “see” more now that I’m not obsessing about it.  It just happens when it needs to, not because I’m trying to make it happen.  (This should have been a no-brainer, but sometimes I make life harder than it has to be.)  I’ll probably always be more of a hearer than a seer, but I am seeing more.  The key was just to relax, relax, relax, and don’t worry about it.  I also don’t worry a lick about being “caught up” into visions of what heaven looks like.  If it ever happens, good.  If it doesn’t, also good.  It’s up to the Holy Spirit, and I don’t think about it anymore.

So, after making the journey, here’s my suggestion for anyone else out there who is trying to figure out the whole soaking prayer thing: if it helps you to get more tuned in to God, and you like doing it, go for it.  If you are frustrated as all get-out with trying to soak, leave it alone.  Find what works for you to get close to the Lord.  Just don’t obsess about it.  God wants us to enjoy Him and spend time with Him, whatever method works best for each of us.  He’s got a way tailor-made for every individual.  Just relax and let Him show you the way.

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