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Romans 8:26

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

While in prayer this morning, I was reminded how blessed I am to have received from the Lord this gift of speaking in tongues. I literally experience a miracle every day when I open my mouth and utter prayers in a language I’ve never learned. The Bible tells me that when I pray in tongues I am “uttering mysteries in the Spirit.” The Bible also tells me that I am able to build myself up through the Spirit by this gift. Furthermore, this language is one my spirit speaks, but which my mind doesn’t understand. Strange as it may sound, I am grateful for this. My mind gets in the way more often than not, and so I am thankful that God has provided me a means of communication that can bypass my mind.

Several years ago, I was living with a friend in Philadelphia, working for his dad’s business while he went to school during the day. One day he came home and told me one of the coolest stories I have ever heard. He told me that over the past several weeks he had become friendly with a Muslim kid in his school. On this particular day, my friend was apparently feeling rather bold, and told this Arabic-speaking friend that he might know a few words in his language. My friend then proceeded to speak a phrase or two in tongues. –Now to be clear, I do not think this is the proper usage of the gift, and I do not recommend anyone doing this. Apparently, God had moved my friend to do something crazy. and he followed the Spirit’s lead– After my friend finished speaking, his Arabic friend indicated that he didn’t recognize any of the words. My friend continued, “How about this…” and proceeded to speak a few more phrases in his prayer-language. Again, nothing. A third time my friend spoke, and his Arabic acquaintance said. “Oh yeah, that I understand. You were praising God and fighting against the devil.”

I was as blown away as my friend was! This was not a sympathetic Christian, but a Muslim who had no idea that my friend was speaking in tongues. Furthermore, my friend had no idea what he was saying. None at all! And yet unbeknownst to him, his vocal chords and lips were forming intelligible and intelligent words in which he was honoring God and resisting the devil. This morning as I remembered this story, I was encouraged to know that even though I cannot understand the words that I speak in the Spirit, they are nevertheless intelligible to God, and that I am in fact honoring God with my lips, and quite possibly often doing warfare! Truly “the Spirit interceded for us” and He does so “according to the will of God.”

Church, we need to be encouraged and never grow dull-minded in our pursuit of God. It is so easy to become complacent, to forget the glorious truths which once excited us. We need to stir ourselves up and remember the miracles which God has performed and is performing in our lives. Let us remember that we serve a supernatural God and that we are a supernatural people.

Lastly, I want to encourage you Christian, if you do not know the power of God in this way, if you’ve never experienced the overflowing of His Spirit in your life to where you began to speak in other tongues, “the promise is for you” (Acts  2:39). Trust God, seek his face, ask him to fill you completely with His Spirit, surrender your life to Him completely and have faith.

 

Blessings.

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