The Safest Prayer
October 2, 2008
Have you ever prayed and wondered if God really heard you? Have you ever tried praying to God without really knowing what to say? If you have ever experienced a challenge in the area of prayer in your walk with God, you are certainly not alone. But do not be discouraged; there is a fail-proof way to pray that guarantees results every time. It is through praying in the Spirit, or praying in tongues. When you tap into this awesome spiritual gift, not only are you able to pray the perfect prayer, but you have a tool of intercession that baffles and bewilders the devil!
First, it is important to understand that the ability to pray in tongues is from God. There is a difference between your personal prayer language of tongues and the gift of tongues, whereby a person prophesies in tongues. In such cases, the Bible says that an interpretation is needed (1 Corinthians 14:5). When you pray in tongues in your personal prayer time, however, you are communicating with God directly in your heavenly language.
First Corinthians 14:14-15 says,"For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also." Your prayer in the Spirit is just between you and the Father, so you do not have to worry about giving an interpretation to anyone else, although you can ask God to give you the interpretation of what you just prayed.
Scripture also reveals that praying in the Spirit is a tool of intercession. Romans 8:26-28 says:
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
This passage is often misunderstood. Religion has used it to justify the bad things that happen to people, saying that "all things work together for good." While God can take your mess and turn it into a masterpiece, I do not believe that catastrophe, disaster and tragedy happen for your good or to teach you something. This scripture is talking about prayer and, specifically, praying in the Spirit.
Since the Spirit of God knows the mind and will of the Father, when you intercede in tongues, you pray the perfect will of God. Satan cannot interfere with your prayers when you pray in the Spirit because he does not know what you are saying! As a matter of fact, not even you can get in the way of your prayers when you pray this way. Since you do not know what you are saying, fear, doubt and unbelief cannot stop your prayer from coming to pass. That is why the Apostle Paul says that all things work together for good to those who are called according to God's purpose - to those who pray the perfect will of God.
Do not let anyone talk you out of your God-given right to pray in tongues. It is not a gift that passed away with the last apostle, and it is not spooky or weird. The disciples all received the gift of tongues on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), and this gift is available to you, too! Just pray for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and open your mouth in faith, speaking whatever comes up out of your spirit. You will begin to pray more confidently and more effectively, secure in the knowledge that God will hear and answer your prayers.Amen.