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05 Nov 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. 

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29 Oct Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 4

Ready for the next 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 and set it up for you to personalize the illustration to become a powerful teaching tool.

The Importance of Praying in Other Tongues
Part 4 – Activate Spiritual Gifts

For this illustration, you will need a cell phone that initially is powered off.

Let me show you one of the most incredible devices that I own. (Show cell phone.) Did you know that the technology packed inside of this little phone is greater than all of the combined humongous computers that NASA used to send the first rockets into outer space? (https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/moon-mars/a25655/nasa-computer-iphone-comparison/). Why don’t you help me by telling me about some of apps and what they can do. (Walk around the room and solicit responses.)

While all of the apps that you listed are great, none of those will work on my cell phone. My cell phone can’t be used to play games, provide directions, or take pictures. Right now, it can do absolutely nothing. Why? Because, if you will notice, the cell phone is powered off. Even though there are apps on the phone, they cannot work until the cell phone is activated. Once it has been powered on, watch what suddenly becomes available. (Turn on the cell phone and then list some of the available apps.)

In writing a letter to the Christians in a city named Corinth, the apostle Paul wrote that God provides special spiritual gifts (apps) that enable Christians to know, say, and do powerful things for God. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) To name just a few of these apps, Christians can tell the secrets of heaven, bring about unexplainable miracles, and put Satan in his place. But, let me let you in on some important information. Just as your cell phone has a power button (point to the power button) to activate its ability to do spectacular wonders, there is a power button provided to launch our spirit to work with the Holy Spirit to see these spiritual gifts manifest. What is it? Praying in our heavenly prayer language (in other tongues).

How do we know this? It happened at a church in Ephesus. When the Christians were baptized in the Holy Spirit and began to pray in other tongues, they began to speak heaven’s secrets (prophesy). (Acts 19:6). Make sure to notice. The gift launched after they were filled with God’s Holy Spirit and began to speak in their heavenly prayer language.

Can you see just how important it is to pray in other tongues? If you are ready to do much-needed, marvelous things for God, begin by turning your spirit on by praying every day with the Holy Spirit’s help. Turn on your spirit, connect with heaven, and then witness what God will do in and through you. 

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22 Oct Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 3


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!

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15 Oct Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 2

This is the second blog post in a series designed to share easy-to-do, easy-to-understand object lessons (sermon illustrations for those ministering to adults) that show the importance of daily praying in the Spirit. I will give a brief, skeletal overview and set it up for you to make it an incredibly great teaching tool. This and the following blog posts will also provide an excellent resource for family devotions with your children and grandchildren.

The Importance of Praying in Other Tongues
Part 2 – Download Heaven’s Updates

If you have had a cell phone (show cell phone) for any length of time and have added apps to your phone, you will know about the app store located on your cell phone’s screen (point to app store on the cell phone). This is the place on your cell phone where you can find and download any of a million, billion, bazillion apps. And, you also know that it is through this app store that you receive updates for these apps. Daily, when you look at your cell phone’s screen, you will see a notification showing a number attached to the app store (point to number on the app store)  indicating that one or more of your apps needs to receive a modification. The modification (download) will provide an update to address one of these three issues:
1. To make your cell phone operate smoother  – Takes care of small glitches in the operating system so that your app will be problem free.
2. To fix a critical issue – A totally revamp to the operating system of that app so that a known issue won’t crash the app, or, even worse, crash the cell phone.
3. To change the appearance of the app – Makes the program have a totally new, fresh look.

When the Holy Spirit was sent, one of His major reasons for coming was/is to make it possible for us to receive what I call heaven’s downloads. The Bible tells us that when we are filled (baptized) in the Holy Spirit and begin to pray in the Spirit (pray in other tongues), we are being changed on the inside. (1 Corinthians 14:4). One translation of this verse, the Amplified Bible, actually tells us that we are improving ourselves. In other words, we are receiving a download from heaven, an update that provides the same three benefits that we see in the download to our cell phone. Praying in other tongues will:
1. Making his day go smoother.
2. Taking care of inside issues that could bring us harm or cause us to crash.
3. Bring a joy (Acts 2:4-13; Romans 14:17; Romans 15:13) that will change the way that we look and act.

Is this important? YES!!! We need to receive heaven’s downloads each and every day!

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08 Oct Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 1

Beginning with this blog post, I want to share several great, easy-to-do, easy-to-understand object lessons (sermon illustrations for those ministering to adults) that show the importance of daily praying in the Spirit. I will give a brief, skeletal overview and set it up for you to make it an incredibly great teaching tool. This and the following blog posts will also provide an excellent resource for family devotions with your children and grandchildren.

The Importance of Praying in Other Tongues
Part 1 – Keep Your Spiritual Battery Fully Charged

When I purchased my first cell phone, I was so excited. (If you still have the original box, show the box.) I couldn’t wait to get the cell phone out of the box (show your excitement in opening the box and then discovering the cell phone) to start calling and texting all of my friends. (Pretend to make call after call and send text message after text message.) And, even more importantly, I couldn’t wait to start playing all of the cool games on the cell phone. (Pretend to play a game.) Needless to say, I made call after call, sent text after text, and finally played game after game on the cell phone.

You already know where I am going with this story. After a few hours of using the cell phone, all of a sudden, it stopped and I couldn’t get it to start up again. You’ve guessed. The battery had run of out power. I soon found out that the cell phone is only able to make the calls and send the text messages and provide the cool games as long as it has power. Simply put, no power, no play! While this cell phone has so many great apps, those apps can’t do what they are created to do until the cell phone has power. Fortunately, there is an easy remedy for this problem. The manufacturer knew that the cell phone would constantly need to replenish or charge the battery and so they included this power plug (show phone charger) so that the cell phone could be recharged.

Before Jesus left, He told His followers that after He returned back to heaven, God the Father would send a Helper, the Holy Spirit. (John 14:16) One of the many things that would happen upon the Holy Spirit’s arrival is that He would deposit heaven’s power into our spirit. (Acts 1:8). Jesus knew that as great and wonderful as we are, we couldn’t do what we need to do until we have the power to do those things. His coming would enable us to be (“… and ye shall be …”Acts 1:8)) and do (” … He hath anointed me to … ” Luke 4:18) what we are supposed to be and do.

How do we keep our spiritual battery charged and ready to do what is needed? I checked the owner’s manual (show the Bible and turn to Jude 20) and discovered that praying in the Spirit (also known as praying in other tongues) is THE way to keep our spiritual battery fully powered up. (Jude 20) You could say that as the language of heaven flows out of mouth, the power from heaven is flowing into our spiritual battery.

One more thing … How often do you charge your cell phone? Daily. This is even more important with our spiritual battery. We need to pray in other tongues each and every day.

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