I am excited to share these easy-to-do, easy-to-understand illustrations that show the importance of praying in other tongues. With this revelation, those in our ministry will be equipped to do much for the Kingdom. So, with that in mind, here is the third post in this series. Once again, I will give a brief, skeletal overview and set it up for you to personalize the illustration to become a powerful teaching tool.
The Importance of Praying in Other Tongues
Part 3 – Open Up the Heavenlies
For this illustration, you will need to obtain a kite and a roll of twine or kite string. (Obtainable through Amazon.com)
One of my favorite things to do as a child each Spring was to be outdoors on a windy day and enjoy flying a kite. (Show a kite.) It was so much fun to see it fly through the air all over our neighborhood. I thought that it was so cool to slowly unwind the kite string (unroll string) which would allow the kite to soar higher and higher and further and further.
Here is a fact about kites. A kite can only fly as high as it is allowed to fly. The length of the kite string will determine its “soarability”. If attached to a ten foot string, the kite can fly up to ten feet high. Twenty feet of kite string, it will fly up to twenty feet in the air. Oh, and one more observation. If the kite string is released, an unrestrained kite can fly and fly and fly limitlessly into the heavenlies.
Let’s talk about our “soarability” with God. Our time of praying to our heavenly Father and worshiping Him can be like flying a kite. We will all have to admit that many times when we are spending time with God, we run out of the words to express what we want to say or sing. In other words, just like using the kite string on a soaring kite, we have reached the limit of how far that we can go. We have all been there, right? But, here is some exciting news. The apostle Paul wrote a letter to a group of Christians who lived in Corinth and told them about an exciting way to connect with God. It comes by praying and singing in our heavenly prayer language. (1 Corinthians 14:15).
Praying and worshiping God with our understanding is important. It really, really is! But, there’s more. Beginning today, we need to let go of our spiritual kite string (what our brain can think of) and allow our Holy Spirit-enabled spirit to soar as we worship God in a whole new way. Praying and worshiping in other tongues can go hand in hand (Acts 10:46) and cause us to worship God in a way that will allow the heavens to open. In our unrestrained worship, we will visit places that have yet to be explored and see sights that have yet to be seen. And, it is waiting on us to enter.
Come on. Let’s go fly a kite!