I am excited to share another easy-to-do, easy-to-understand illustration that shows the importance of praying in other tongues. Once again, I will give a brief, skeletal overview of the illustration. Then, with the Holy Spirit’s help, you can personalize and modify the illustration to become a powerful teaching tool.
The Importance of Praying in Other Tongues
Part 20 – The Great Connection
“For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue,
my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays,
but my mind is unproductive
[it bears no fruit and helps nobody].”
1 Corinthians 14:14 (Amplified Bible)
For this illustration, you will need a Bible, comic book (optional), toy rubber brain (obtainable through Amazon.com), turbo-rocket, and a sign
Preparation: Using poster board, create a Holy Spirit turbo-rocket. For this, you will need two pieces of poster board, tape, marker, and yarn/rope. To make the rocket base, simply roll and then tape one sheet of poster board. Next, use a portion of the other piece of poster board to create the top of the rocket. To do so, shape this portion of poster board into a cone and then tape it to the rocket base. Next, create the base (bottom) of the rocket by cutting a portion of the remaining poster board into the shape of a circle and then tape it to the bottom of the rocket. On this base, attach a piece of yarn or rope to become the rocket’s fuse. Next, use a marker to write the words “Holy Spirit” on the side of the rocket. Finally, on an unused portion of the poster board, print the word “prayer” to create a prayer sign.
When I was a little boy, I used to love to buy comic books. (Show comic book.) Reading these comic books was so much fun. I would read them and read them again and then reread them again. While reading the actual comic book was so much fun, another cool thing was found in the back of the comic books. You see, back years ago, the last two or three pages of the comic books had advertisements for some crazy novelty things like whoopie cushions, invisible ink, stink bombs, and x-ray glasses.
I never wasted my money to purchase any of these items. But, had I bought any of them, it would have definitely been the x-ray glasses. The advertisement promised that the x-ray glasses would enable you to see things that would be impossible to see with the regular eyesight. They claimed that with the x-ray glasses you would be able to see through walls or even see the bones in your hands. Of course, we all know that this wasn’t for real.
Today, I want to ask you to join me as I put on some pretend x-ray glasses. (Put on your pretend x-ray glasses and ask the children to do the same.) With these pretend x-ray glasses, we will be able to see something that we can’t see with our regular eyes. These pretend x-ray glasses are going to help us to learn about a great reason for praying in our heavenly prayer language. To see this, we must first read today’s scripture. (Open Bible and read the scripture.) As we pray in our heavenly prayer language, our prayer (bring out the toy brain with the prayer sign taped to it) literally disconnects or unhooks from the limitations and restrictions of our brain. Our verse tells us that our brain isn’t doing anything when we begin to pray in other tongues. Nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada. So, what about our prayers? This is so cool. Here is what happens. As we disconnect from our brain and begin to pray in other tongues, our verse tells us that our spirit connects with the Holy Spirit. (Bring out the Holy Spirit turbo-rocket. Transfer and attach the prayer sign to the rocket.) Our spirit with the help of the Holy Spirit launches our unrestricted, limitless. powerful prayers up to God. Praying in our prayer language ignites the fuse (point to yarn/rope) and causes our Holy Spirit-helped prayers to soar up to the very presence of God.