The gift of tongues is one of the most amazing presents God has ever given. As we learned in yesterday’s message, tongues has value both in a corporate church service and in the personal life of a Christian.
The grace to pray in other languages is a gift available to every believer who has received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and it has many benefits.
Praying in tongues allows your spirit to pray and by-pass the emotions or misunderstandings of your mind. It is not a replacement for praying with your intellect and understanding; rather it is a beautiful addition to your prayer life.
The Bible says some pretty amazing things happen when we exercise our prayer language:
1. We pray according to God’s will.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. - Romans 8:26-27
2. We complete the full armor of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. – Ephesians 6:18
3. We strengthen our faith.
But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. – Jude 20
Remember, your prayer language isn’t something that is received as much as it is released once you have received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I encourage you to continue to pursue a release of this amazing gift in your life. Allow the grace of God to empower you to engage your spirit in prayer and let your mind take a break!
“The Gifts of Tongues,” part 5 of Pastor Eric’s “Experiencing the Holy Spirit” series is now available online.
On the Radar
Night of Worship this Wednesday, September 1, at 7:00pm!
Curtis and Heather Ward are hosting an Encounter the Cross weekend at Camp Butman September 17-19. If you are interested in taking part in this time of spiritual refreshing and freedom, contact Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out these resources to connect with our ministry to children and youth.
- Worldchangers – Discussion starters from Sunday’s Kid’s Church lesson.
- RAMP – Youth Ministry Website
You Heard it at EFC
Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang? Here is our worship list from yesterday for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself. You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.
- “Friend of God” by Israel Houghton
- “Rain Down” by Delirious
- “Your Favorite One” by Misty Edwards
- “How Marvelous” Chris Tomlin version
Next Sunday, September 5, we begin a new sermon series, “Identity Protection,” through which we will explore name changes that occur in the Bible.