Can I share something that I have discovered in our travels and ministry in Pentecostal/Charismatic churches across the nation? As I teach on “Why I Pray in the Spirit” in church after church, I am seeing over and over again that many Jesus-loving believers that claim to be Spirit-filled are absolutely clueless about the importance and benefits that come from daily praying in the Spirit. To many, speaking in other tongues as mentioned in the Book of Acts and Paul’s letters to the Corinthians is a mystery. While praying in a heavenly prayer language was clearly seen at their initial infilling and was an evidence of the Spirit baptism, once that experience was entered into their spiritual diaries, the gift from heaven became a distant memory.
Satan rejoices in this scenario. By minimizing the importance of praying in the Spirit, Satan has blinded (2 Corinthians 4:4) and consistently deceived (John 8:44) today’s Church and robbed (John 10:10) believers of the massive supernatural power and ability that can only come by praying in the Spirit. He is comfortable in a the fact that a one-time experience won’t bring about irreparable harm to his kingdom.
Here is why Vickie and I are traveling around our nation. We are fully aware of Satan’s tactics (2 Corinthians 2:11) and know that as Jesus-loving, Bible-believing, Word-quoting believers awaken (1 Corinthians 12:1) to the benefits (1 Corinthians 14:4) that occur when we make a conscious choice to daily connect God’s Spirit with our spirit and our mouth, Satan’s kingdom will be annihilated. Believers need to know that as we continually pray in the Spirit our spirit is speaking directly to God (1 Corinthians 14:2). Each and every syllable or unknown word that we utter by the Spirit brings about radical change … we build up ourselves (Jude 20), improve ourselves (1 Corinthians 14:4), engage in a new realm of worship (Acts 10:46; 1 Corinthians 14:15), pray beyond our mind’s limitations (1 Corinthians 14:14), and quietly commune with God regardless of our environment or circumstances (1 Corinthians 14:28). This awareness will cause us to be able to join the apostle Paul in touting the necessity of praying in the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:18).
Believers, let’s pull off Satan’s blinders and no longer walk in ignorance of the many benefits that are derived from praying daily in the Spirit. Starting today, let’s allow our praying in the Spirit to launch a new day full of new power to bring on new victories for God’s Kingdom.