“Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.” (1 Cor 14:13-15)
There’s nothing that satisfies the heart like having a personal, intimate, and growing relationship with the heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Enhancing our communion with God should be the ultimate quest of every born again believer.
Just beyond your eyesight – just beyond what you feel and know with your physical senses – just beyond the thinness of this veil of humanity is a spiritual world that is more real than the natural world. It is a realm where God works, and in which His angels minister provision, protection, and strength to us. Are you seriously aware of this invisible world?
I wonder what would happen if you started looking within your inward man. Turn off the world and everything around you, and turn to the sacred Scriptures and reflect on who God is to you. Then start turning to prayer and worshipping God, and getting quiet in your daily life and listening for a word, a phrase, and impression from Him. It may come in the way of direction or counsel from heaven to earth, or it may come in a psalm or a spiritual song of love and praise from earth to heaven. Over the years I’ve compiled some of these inspired psalms and songs that the Spirit of God has given me. Here’s a beautiful one:
Not all pleasure is pure, for seasons of sin,
Thought to be pleasure, turn to misery again.
But oh, of all pleasures in this earth defined
None are so pure as My Savior divine
Ecstacy fills me when to near Him I draw
Joy and delight in the heart when He calls
His voice bellows clear and I know it is Him
The conscience is quiet, cleansed of all sin
Oh purest of pleasures, to my taste ‘tis too sweet
To be in Thy presence and to sit at Thy feet
These types of utterances edify you. They don’t come from a song book and are not rehearsed. Rather they are Spirit-inspired and they build you up, fill you up, teach and admonish you (Eph 5:18-19) (Col 3:16). These utterances can be spoken or sung and they should be a part of every believer’s prayer life. They greatly enrich your communion with the Lord. You can find more of them on the home page our website.
One of my spiritual fathers, the late Kenneth E. Hagin, whom I referred to in Part 1 of this blog series, taught me these things. He told his students that he made this a regular practice of speaking in psalms in his prayer life, and a few times he had even spoken in psalms all night to God. What a prayer life!
Start opening the lines of communication in a different manner with God. Start believing deep down in your heart that you are a person of value and that God the Father cares about you so very much. Talk to Him as if He was present, right there where you are. Your expectation and intensity will rise when you pray and believe into the now. When you commune with God in a concentrated and focused way like this you are creating a space in the spiritual realm where God can work and move. Too many people’s prayers are not faith-filled so they are void of this reality. Being aware that God is always ever present with you is one of the great secrets of cultivating rich communion with Him.
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” (Jude 20-21)
God calls you beloved. Let that soak in. See yourself in that high precious state of saintliness. You need a personal revelation of how dear you are to God your Father. This is where many believers falter. They labor under condemnation and being so familiar with their own weaknesses and shortcomings, but God doesn’t see that. He sees your new spirit, your burning heart for Him, your yearning desire to know Him and please Him, and your eagerness to learn to commune with Him. God delights in His saints (Ps 16:3).
Our heavenly Father tells you to be built up on your most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, thus keeping yourself in the love of God. Here once again we see the significance of praying in the Spirit or in other tongues. It stimulates our faith and keeps us in His love. This happens through our communion with Him.
Remember that your spirit uses your tongue to speak in the same way your mind does. The difference is that when your spirit speaks in tongues you are speaking to God. You’re talking to Him, but without the limitations of your mind by which you are often unable to know what to say to God. Your spirit is the only part of you that is unlimited.
Reach out to God this year further than you ever have before. Let your spirit rise to the realm where God and His angels live. Believe right now that you are capable of knowing God in a new dimension.