03 Jan Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 5
Let me make a quick confession. I have been anxiously waiting for today to get here. I am so excited to share another easy-to-do, easy-to-understand illustration that shows the importance of praying in other tongues. Again, I’ll give a brief synopsis of the illustration. With just a little effort on your part, it will become a great teaching/preaching tool.
The Importance of Praying in Other Tongues
Part 5 – Pray the Perfect Will of God
For this illustration, you will need a large road map or a slide showing a map of your state.
If I had an opportunity today, I would love to get into my car, leave behind the busyness of Fort Worth and drive down to Galveston to spend a peaceful day or two on the beach. I would love to spend the early morning and late afternoon hours doing absolutely nothing but sitting on the sandy beach and hearing the peaceful sound of the waves rushing onto the shore. Then, add to that, wading in the water and … I’d better stop. Just thinking about it is way too inviting. I might leave right now!
To get from Fort Worth to Galveston, I can guarantee that I would want to drive straight down to Galveston. (Show on your map/slide) I wouldn’t want to start the drive by heading (show on your map/slide) south and then get off of the interstate and head west towards Midland and then back north towards Amarillo before getting back on a road that heads south down to what I call Beach Heaven. Just because I am in my car and the wheels are turning doesn’t mean that I am heading towards my goal. As soon as I get into my car here in Fort Worth, I want to make every mile move me closer and closer to Beach Heaven.
The same should be said about our time in talking to our heavenly Father. When we are praying about a particular situation or circumstance, we want to make sure that we are staying on track with our conversation with God. Our prayer needs to be direct and not take us in directions that will keep us from saying what is needed to be said. Just because it is words and directed towards God doesn’t mean that we are praying words that will accomplish what is needed.
Thankfully, there is a way to pray exactly what is needed exactly when it is needed. When we pray in other tongues, the Holy Spirit enables us to pray what God wants to hear about the situation. (Romans 8:26-27) Each and every word prayed in our heavenly prayer language is right on track and moving us closer and closer to arriving at our desired destination, God’s will accomplished in the situation.