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August 7th, 2014

Have You Considered The Depth Of Your Prayers?

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Written by: Gene
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During one of the darkest times of my life, I found myself unable to put to words the anger and frustration that I was dealing with. The Lord in His grace and mercy, instructed me to start praying in tongues for an hour the first thing every morning. It was through doing this, that the Holy Spirit would give me Scriptures to pray. It was through the praying of Scriptures that I changed from my will and desires to God’s will and desires.

Romans 8:26-28 tells us, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Developing this habit of praying in tongues has helped me, especially when I have sleepless nights. Rather than get aggravated that I am unable to sleep, I pray in tongues until I fall asleep. Sometimes, I will doze in and out of praying, and find myself to have prayed almost all night long in the Spirit.

I am telling you this, not to brag on me, but in a hope that you will see the many benefits of a strong Spiritual Prayer Life.

Also, I understand that there are some out there who insist that Praying in Tongues is not for today, but I serve an unchanging God and will allow Him to move as He sees fit in my life. The gift of the Holy Spirit is one of the many ways that Father God has shown us His grace and mercy, and you cannot have Romans 8:28 without Praying in Tongues. This is one debate I refuse to be drug into by the “unbelieving christian”.

Over the last month, while praying at night, I started to get these flashes of still images. I was unaware if I was sleeping, dozing or whatever, but the images looked like Polaroids being quickly shuffled before my eyes. I didn’t like the images, because they were of various different people, doing things that I would rather not see people doing. They were of all kinds of actions from drugs, sex, abuses of all kinds, and even suicide (to name a few).

To all my friends out there, none of you were in the pictures, so don’t worry that I may know your secrets…

Last night, as I was Praying in Tongues, a couple pictures flashed up as had been happening. This time, one really stuck out to me. It was of this pretty young woman in her 20’s with dirty blonde hair, wearing an olive green military outfit, walking down what could be anywhere middle America (white houses, picket fences and green leaves), and she had the most engaging smile.

I got out of bed and sat down in the bathroom (the quietest place at home) and I heard The Lord ask me, “What part of this picture do you think it is that you are praying about?”

The image was still up, and I said, “I don’t know Lord. Is it the girl? The Military? The location that the picture was taken?”

Then The Lord replied, ” Have you ever considered the depth of your prayers when you obey my call to pray in tongues? Do you have any idea how many situations change for My Kingdom?”

I never considered it… Praying in Tongues (in my mind) was to help me get through tough situations. When I lacked wisdom, I asked, trusting that God would provide like he said in James 1:5. It gave me peace through the trials and tribulations of life.

All of a sudden, the Polaroids came to mind, and it dawned to me that while praying in tongues I was praying for:
1) That married man tempted to cheat on his family…
2) That young girl tempted to sneak out with her boyfriend and get pregnant…
3) That drug addict living in the gutter sticking a needle into his arm…
4) That young man with the gun to his head crying as he squeezes on the trigger…
5) That judge taking a bribe so that the evil go free…
6) That rebellious country walking away from God and turning to false gods…
7) That young woman who was just widowed, and is wondering how she will raise 3 kids…
The list goes on, and included things that I would normally not pray about for whatever reason.

That quiet time of spiritual prayer, was being used by God in ways I would never know.
I could never take lightly the call to pray, again.
I didn’t need the sleep, because someone needed Jesus.

We are told in Proverbs 3:5 to trust God and don’t try to go by what we can understand. Our own understanding will limit God’s ability to work through us like we could never imagine. I want God to take me further than what I know, and I trust Him to bring me into the unknown. The wisdom that I gained through the Polaroids, makes the chapter of Proverbs 5 seem different now.

When we are led by God, even to do a small thing like getting up to pray in tongues, we will never know the full impact that our obedience makes on the world around us. We may never meet the people we pray for, but we have our reward.

Yes, when ministering face to face, you speak to the person in a common language. Edification is done this way, as was taught in 1 Corinthians 14. I am talking about that quiet time when the Holy Spirit tugs on your heart to pray.

Romans 8:26-28 has a deeper meaning now for me, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

I would like to challenge you especially in these Last Days, build up your prayer life. Pray in the Spirit, Pray the scriptures as the Holy Spirit highlights them to you, and allow your understanding to conform to God’s understanding so that you can pray in the Will of God.

The girl in the Polaroid? Yeah, I have no idea, but God knows. And, knowing that God knows is all I need to know.


About the Author

Gene
A husband to an awesome wife, father to 3 beautiful girls, step-father to a beautiful girl and smart son. Preacher, Designer and best of all a Servant to a loving and gracious God.




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