There Is Authority In The Name

Matthew 18 20

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

We’ve been studying “what’s in the name” of Jesus so this morning we’re going to look at yet another one of the Biblical definitions of the Greek word for “name”, omoma, and that is “in recognition of the authority of (sometimes combined with the thought of relying or resting on).

The above scripture is one of the verses where the word “onoma” or “name” is defined in Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old And New Testament Words as falling under the definition of “in recognition of the authority of (sometimes combined with the thought of relying or resting on). In rendering this definition of Matthew 18:20 we would say that what Jesus was saying was that “For where two are three are gathered together in My authority, recognizing it and relying or resting upon Me, I am there in the midst of them.” We often think of this verse as meaning when we come together as Christians that He is there in the midst of us, but when we look at the actual meaning of the Greek word and apply it’s definition to the scripture we see a completely different truth. The power does not rest in the number of people who are Christians coming together, it rests in two or three who gather together in recognition of the authority of Jesus Christ and relying and resting upon the power that is resident within them because of who they are in Him. There is authority in the Name of Jesus!

Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit;

In this verse the proper rendering of the definition would cause it to read “baptizing them in the authority of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.

Acts 8:16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Again, the proper rendering of the definition of “name” in this verse would cause it to read, “They had only been baptized in the authority of the Lord Jesus”. A person receives the Holy Spirit to live within them when they receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, but the Holy Spirit comes upon a person in the power that is promised in the book of Acts through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. These people were saved because of believing in the authority of Jesus Christ but they wanted the baptism of the Holy Spirit which they received when Peter and John laid hands on them. There was an evidence of the Holy Spirit coming upon them because Simon wanted to pay them to give him that power as well.

John 14:13 “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

In this verse, according to the proper rendering of the definition, it would read, “And whatever you ask in My authority, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

Are you praying in the authority that Jesus has given you or are you simply tacking on the end of your prayer, “in the name of Jesus I pray”? There’s a difference between praying in the authority that He has given us and repeating the phrase as a formula for success. God isn’t into formulas, He works through faith in the authority that has been place in His children through their relationship with Jesus Christ.

John 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”

In looking at the proper rendering of the definition of the word “name”, onoma, in this verse, it would read, “and that whatever you ask the Father according to My authority He may give you”.

When praying effectively it is important that we understand that we pray through the authority that comes from who we are in Christ Jesus, not what we say in rote repetition. God honors the prayers of those who recognize the authority that they have as a believer in Christ Jesus. Faith moves God, not the simply the words that we use. He looks into the heart of man to see on what basis we are using to appear before Him. If we are simply repeating a form of prayer we show that we really do not have faith in the authority of Jesus, but are simply using a prayer formula.

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

With the proper rendering of the definition of the word “name” in this verse it would mean that everything that we do as believers should be done in recognition of the authority of the Lord Jesus in our lives. It truly is in Him that we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28) We do not live two different lives; one in the secular world and one in the spiritual arena. All that we do revolves around who we are in Christ Jesus. There is no separation between our spiritual and natural lives. They meld together into one in Him. Have you thought of your work as being an act of spiritual worship? Do you consider your occupation as being secular or spiritual? According to this verse everything that we do is included as a part of our spiritual lives.

I’ve given you several different scriptures that use the definition for the word “name” in the Greek as being “in recognition of the authority of (sometimes combined with the thought of relying or resting on). Because there is such a difference in Western and Eastern language definitions, it really is difficult to fully understand what certain verses mean without looking into the original Hebrew and Greek meanings of the words. That is what I’ve tried to help you with in looking at these different definitions. When we understand the true Biblical definition we can see a clearer picture of what God was really saying to us through these scriptures. As we come to understand the proper definitions we are accountable then, to God, for applying what we have learned to our lives. I pray that you will apply what you have been learning about the definitions of the “name” of Jesus to your life so you can grow in your relationship with the Lord.

Father, I thank You for Your word and for how You have shown us that there are different definitions that apply to certain words in the verses of Your Scriptures. I thank You for the Holy Spirit who is our teacher and would ask that He would give us revelation knowledge and understanding to be able to apply what we’ve learned to our lives to increase our effectiveness in sharing Your love with those around us. Father, I pray that we will use the “name” of Jesus properly and not just as a “tack on” to the end of our prayers. May we recognize fully the authority that we have in praying through His name. Thank You, Father, for enlightening our understanding in these things. Amen.

The wonderful name of Jesus

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There’s Provision In The Name

I love the Word of God! When I look into God’s Word I see His character and nature, who He is and wants to be to His people. I have heard people say that they don’t understand the Old Testament and they don’t think it applies to us today, since we have the New Testament. But I love the stories in the Old Testament. They give us a greater understanding of how God moves on behalf of His children.

As we look at the names of God described in the Old Testament we gain a better understanding of who He was, and He continues to be that to us. God revealed Himself to His people as the provision for their need when they first needed it. It is known as the “principle of first mention”. For example in Exodus 15:26 He revealed Himself to His people as Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals, or the Lord your Healer. When the name was established and He was revealed as that provision for their need it meant that He would always be that provision, not just then but throughout the ages. He is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord our Healer forevermore!

 

We find in the New Testament the name of Immanuel, which means God with us! It was used to describe Jesus because He is God in the flesh, and would come to dwell with us! Isaiah first prophesied of Jesus as Immanuel in Isaiah 7:14:

 

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Jesus was the Messianic fulfillment of this prophesy.

 

Matthew 1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

 

John 1:1-5 IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

 

Jesus, the Living Word was with God before the beginning of time. Everything that is was made through Him and without Him nothing was made. In Him, in Christ Jesus, is life! And that life lights the way for men so they no longer have to grope around in darkness! Praise the Lord! He is Immanuel; God with us!

 

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

The word “dwelt” there literally means “tabernacled”. In the Old Testament while the Israelites were in the wilderness they set up the Tabernacle so that Moses could meet with God in that temporary tent. God’s presence would fill the Tabernacle when Moses went to meet with Him. God manifested His glory there and the people would see the glory cloud as it covered the Tabernacle and know that God was meeting there with them. When Jesus came to dwell among us the glory of God walked with us here on this earth. He revealed the Father to us through His fleshly being and as He went about teaching, preaching and healing. He was living out what He heard His Father say and saw His Father doing. (John 5:19; 30)

 

John 14:18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

 

Jesus told His disciples in John 14:9 “….He who has seen Me has seen the Father;….”.

 

When we invite Jesus into our hearts to be our own personal Lord and Savior, He comes to live within us through His Spirit.

 

John 14:16-18 “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–”the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”

 

There is no way a person could step inside another person so when Jesus went back to Heaven the Father sent the Holy Spirit to indwell believers so that He could be with us always! God had a plan for man and Jesus died to redeem us from the bondage of sin, and to usher us into the family of God so we could experience the fullness of all that God had planned for us. If you have never received Jesus as your Savior and Lord and would like to, please pray this prayer and He will come into your life, save you and place you in the family of God.

 

Father, I come before you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge that I am a sinner by birth and by choice. I have hurt You, I have hurt myself and I have hurt others. I know that I cannot save myself, but You can. I ask You to forgive me for my sin and save me. Father, I believe that Jesus died for me, that You raised Him from the dead and He lives today. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Savior and I thank You for saving me. I receive You, Lord Jesus, into my heart to be my Savior and Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

 

We often think that once we have been “born again” or “saved” by having our sins forgiven that there is no further experience that we can have with the Lord. But that is not true; it is just a way for the enemy to try to keep us from experiencing all that God has for us.

 

John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

 

Jesus said when He ascended unto Heaven that His disciples should wait for the promise of the Father, or the Holy Spirit, to be given. They were to wait in Jerusalem.

 

Acts 1:4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;”

 

 

The Day of Pentecost is when the Holy Spirit initially came to reside within man. And that is recorded in Acts 2:1-4. But as we move on into the book of Acts we see that people received the baptism of the Holy Spirit after He was initially given, thus teaching us that the Holy Spirit is still being poured out on all flesh as we desire to receive Him. In fact, in Acts 2:16-21 it is described as a “last days” outpouring.

 

 

Acts 2:17-18 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.’

 

 

Jesus ascended back to Heaven and the the Holy Spirit came to take His place in the lives of believers. He is now the person of the God-head that is in the world convicting people of their need for Jesus as Savior, baptizing them for ministry, and is the “gift” of God that is for all believers.

 

 

Luke 11:13 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

 

Acts 2:38, 39 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

 

 

The Holy Spirit is the indwelling Spirit of Jesus Christ! He walks and talks with us, gives us direction for life, leads us into the truth about Jesus and the life that He died to give us. He is a person, not an “it”, and He wants you to know Him and fellowship with Him.

 

 

If you have received Jesus as your Lord and Savior then you are a candidate for receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. If you would like to receive Him, just pray and ask the Father to baptize you in His precious Spirit and then receive by faith the infilling of His Spirit. He will give you a heavenly prayer language that you can use to fellowship with Him spirit to Spirit. You will also have a new strength and power within that will enable you to fight the good fight of faith, standing firm and strong in Him. The Holy Spirit is my best friend! He is real and longs to make Himself known to you.

 

 

Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

 

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

 

Father, I thank You for the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life. I couldn’t live without You, precious Holy Spirit, and I thank You for being real to me. Father, I pray for my friends this morning who may have received Jesus as Savior and Lord and have the Holy Spirit within them but would like a greater reality of His presence. I ask You to baptize them with the Holy Spirit and fill them to overflowing with His presence. Father, I pray that as they are baptized in the Holy Spirit that you will give them their heavenly prayer language just as you did on the Day of Pentecost so that they can fellowship with you spirit to Spirit. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Life Through The Spirit

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

 

We talked recently about the Greek words for “word”. There are two: logos and rhema.

 

Logos is the message; rhema is the communication of the message. Logos is the Bible in its entirety; rhema is a verse from the Bible. The Greek word in Matthew 4:4 for “word” is rhema indicating that the Lord Jesus is saying that for us to live or be nourished we must have the rhema that proceeds from the mouth of God; or we must have the Holy Spirit speak to our spirits a living word from the Word of God. The Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts the verse of scripture that we need at that very moment to nourish our spirits or give us the scriptural help that we need to battle against the enemy and win.

 

This verse tells us that just as our bodies need nourishment, so our spirits do also. But it is a “now” word that we need; just as the Israelites gathered manna in the wilderness for their daily needs, so we need manna from God’s mouth for our daily needs…..fresh manna.

 

John 6:31-35 “Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. “For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who come to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”

 

Jesus is the living word of God. He came down from heaven to do His Father’s will, to give us LIFE. Just as the Israelites were fed manna in the wilderness, so we receive manna from God through His Son, Jesus Christ, as it is delivered by the Holy Spirit. He speaks His word to us that gives us life!

 

John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”

 

As I think back through the years contemplating on my walk with the Lord, I see a consistent pattern of growth arising from the time I would spend with Him each day. As long as I came to the Lord and asked the Holy Spirit to minister His word to me I experienced the life of God flowing into me. That desire to be filled came from a hunger and a thirst for the Lord; I needed to hear from Him and He consistently fed me with fresh manna each day. We need to hear from the Lord daily or we will grow stagnant. We are either going and growing or we are sitting and stagnating!

 

John 5:39, 40 “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. “But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.”

 

People look for Jesus in a lot of places; shopping, eating, addictions, relationships, etc. And sometimes, they sincerely search for Him through the word, but they approach the Word in a legalistic manner. I once knew a lady who was very knowledgeable of the Word; she could quote a lot of scripture, but her life didn’t reflect the life that comes from the Word ministered by the Holy Spirit. She was constantly speaking negatively of her life and her countenance reflected the negativity that was growing in her heart. There was no joy or victory in her life as she battled the enemy. She had approached the Word through a work of the flesh; but not to receive the manna from the rhema word of God ministered by the Holy Spirit. Jesus said the people searched the scriptures thinking they could find eternal life, but they refused to come to Him to receive the life that He offered. The Holy Spirit brings life through the word so our spirits can be nourished and revitalized! When we seek the Lord in the Word, the Spirit brings Him to life within us.

 

How’s your relationship with the the Lord? Is it filled with the life of the Holy Spirit, or does it seem dry and life-less? Do you invite the Holy Spirit to lead you as you study the word? Jesus said that He is our Teacher.

 

John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”

 

The Holy Spirit teaches us and brings back to our remembrance the things that Jesus has said. He gives life to the words of Jesus. He anoints us to learn as He teaches us.

 

1 John 2:20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.

 

1 John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

 

As I started my college courses in 2010 I was very hesitant in thinking that I could go to college at age 60 and earn a college degree after having been out of school for so long. I had to learn to trust the Holy Spirit to teach me and bring back to my remembrance the things that I needed to pass my tests. He has repeatedly proven to me that His anointing to study and pass my courses with excellency is with me. He teaches me and helps me learn what I need to know to pass the courses. He meets with me and brings life to my courses. He does not just want me to pass academically, but He wants me to have an encounter with Him through each course. It has been an awesome experience. I needed more of the interaction of the Holy Spirit in my life and He has repeatedly shown up and manifested His presence to me through my seeking Him and allowing Him to fellowship with me.

 

Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to fellowship with you? He is a person; the third person of the God-Head. He longs to reveal Jesus to you and fill you to overflowing with His love; manifesting His presence in your life.

 

John 16:13-15 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine an declare it to you. “All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”

 

The Holy Spirit wants to glorify Jesus in your life. He wants to guide you into all truth and tell you of things to come. Won’t you invite Him to come and fill your life with His overflowing presence?

 

John 7:37-39 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

 

The Holy Spirit has been given today. He came to live within believers on the Day of Pentecost after Jesus had ascended back to heaven. He now is living in the hearts of those who believe in Jesus. But there is a difference between being indwelt by the Spirit and being immersed in the Spirit. If you fill a glass with water it has the water within it, but if you put the glass in a bowl of water it not only has the water in it but it also has it all around it. It has now been immersed in the water. That’s the way it is with being baptized in the Holy Spirit. He comes to live within you when you ask Jesus into your heart to be your Savior, but you are immersed in Him when you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. That subsequent event in my life is when I really experienced the life of God within me. The Holy Spirit filled me to overflowing with His very presence. The word of God became alive to me and I experienced a new joy and power from above. I became alive with a new reality of Who Jesus really was to me through the manifestation of His Spirit within and upon me. And I received a heavenly prayer language that I could use in praying and praising the Lord.

 

If you have not received that gift from the Lord, just ask Him to baptize you in His Spirit, receive it by faith and allow Him to fill your mouth with His heavenly prayer language. Begin praising Him and using that supernatural language that He has given you. Let Him take you to new places in Him.

 

Father, I thank You for Your Spirit who lives within me. I thank You for the manifest presence of Your Spirit and that I can fellowship with Him. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for glorifying Jesus in my life. Thank You for teaching me and anointing me to do the things that the Father has called me to do. I pray for my friends that they might fellowship with You and allow You to teach them and reveal Jesus to them in an fresh, new way. I pray that they might have a life-giving encounter with You, Holy Spirit. Father, bring the Spirit of Jesus to life in each one of them; not just in living within them because they are born again, but through the manifestation of Your presence living and moving through their lives, refreshing and revitalizing them, baptizing them in Your Spirit! Set them on fire for you, Lord Jesus, through the presence of Your Spirit living and flowing out of them! Thank You, Lord, for hearing and answering my prayer because I believe I receive when I pray. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

The Weapon of Praying In The Spirit

The next weapon in our arsenal for spiritual warfare is the Weapon of Praying in the Spirit. It has been termed as a secret weapon because it is primarily known as praying in tongues and only the Holy Spirit as He prays through us knows exactly what is being said.

 

This blog is written from my own experience in Him, a place of having been baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Before I reached this place of understanding in Him I had a lot of questions. I spent a year praying and studying the Word of God before I would step out in faith asking God to fill me to overflowing with all that He had for me. God answered my prayer and I received my heavenly prayer language and I have been praying in tongues every day since. When I do not know how to pray effectively in the natural for someone I will pray in my heavenly prayer language because the Spirit of God within me knows exactly how to pray for that person or situation. I do not question what I am saying; I just trust God to fill my mouth with His prayers that are needed at that specific time.

 

Romans 8:26-27 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.

 

God’s Spirit within me knows what to pray for everyone. When I pray in that heavenly prayer language that He gave me when I was baptized in His Spirit, He prays through me according to the perfect will of the Father. I can trust Him to pray exactly what that person needs. I don’t have to understand what I am praying because the Holy Spirit prays according to the perfect will of God for that other person. All I have to do is yield to Him to be the vessel that He prays through in that situation.

 

1 Corinthians 14:2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

 

When I yield my tongue to be used of the Holy Spirit in this type of praying it is as if God Himself is praying to Himself through me, speaking mysteries into existence through the spirit realm. This is not a prayer for the hearing and understanding of other people, it is simply the Holy Spirit within my spirit carrying prayers to the Father.

 

Paul said that he wished we all spoke in tongues. (1 Corinthians 14:5) In that portion of scripture he is talking about the supernatural gifts of the Spirit, of which tongues is one. There are other gifts of the Spirit that are spoken of in that chapter as well as 1 Corinthians 12. All are valid gifts from the Father. If the gift of tongues comes forth in a church service there must be an interpreter that can hear from God through the gift of the interpretation of tongues to be able to share that interpretation with the church so the whole body of believers can be built up or edified. Tongues with the interpretation of the tongue equals prophesy, the supernatural utterance of a message from God for the church. When you are praying alone in your own prayer language that is just between you and God and you do not have to have an interpretation, however, God can give you one if He feels it is beneficial to your situation at the time. Paul goes on to say in 1 Corinthians 14:15:

 

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.

 

He is saying that there is a place for both praying in the natural and praying in the spirit, or the heavenly prayer language. Paul says this about it in 1 Corinthians 14:18, 19: I thank my God that I speak with tongues more than you all, yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue. A person’s individual prayer language is best when used privately in your own individual prayer time so that it doesn’t cause confusion in the church service. When I am in church I usually will not prayer in my prayer language unless I am in our pre-service prayer time where we are all praying in the Spirit. When in the service it is best to reserve that heavenly language for when God gives a message in tongues for the interpretation to build up the whole church. The gift of tongues that is spoken of in 1 Corinthians 12:10 is a different aspect of speaking in tongues than your heavenly prayer language used to communicate spirit to Spirit as you pray. Both are tongues but the gift of tongues is specifically given as the Spirit wills for the edification of the church as a message in tongues and must have an interpretation after it comes forth. The church cannot be edified if they can’t understand the message that God is giving through the tongue.

 

Why, then, would it be beneficial for us to pray in tongues?

  1. God prays through you His will for a situation. (Romans 8:27)
  2. The devil doesn’t understand the language of the Spirit and is confused when we pray in tongues.
  3. It is evidence of the infilling of the Holy Spirit and He is the one giving the utterance. (Acts 2:4)
  4. It builds your faith and your ability to persevere. (Jude 20)
  5. It gives you power to become God’s witnesses. (Acts 1:8)

 

You might say, well, what if I don’t have a heavenly prayer language? Am I less effective than someone who does? In answer to these questions, I would have to say that you are just at a different place in your walk with the Lord and He will instruct you in how to pray as effectively as possible right where you are. If you would like to be baptized in His Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues you can receive that gift just as you received forgiveness of your sin; by God’s grace, through your faith. It is refreshing to pray in tongues because when you feel that you have run out of words in the natural you can switch over to praying in tongues and know that God is praying through you without your mind having to weigh every thought and process the right words. It is just something that must be received by faith; intellect cannot understand the ways of the Spirit.

 

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

Father, I thank You for filling me to overflowing with Your very own Spirit and giving me my heavenly prayer language with which I can use to pray effectively in situations where I don’t have the right words to pray in the natural. Thank You, Lord, for praying through me according to Your perfect will as I yield my tongue to You. I pray, Father, for those who do not have that heavenly prayer language that they will not feel inferior to any other believer in the body of Christ, for all who have received Jesus as Savior and Lord are Your children. There is none superior to another. I pray that if they want to be baptized in Your Spirit, Lord, that they will ask and then receive their heavenly prayer language. Thank You, Father, for leading us in the way that You would have us to go to fulfill Your plan for our lives. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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