Praying in Other Tongues

22 May Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 19

Ready for another tool to use for sharing life-changing, spirit-equipping truths about the numerous benefits that come from praying in the Spirit? 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 TonguesPart 19 – Praying in the Spirit is a No-Brainer! "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, a poster board, marker, baseball, cupcake, and three helpers.Preparation: Have the poster board mounted so that the audience will be able to see the artwork being created. Have the baseball resting on a table. Lastly, place the cupcake on a plate and sitting off to the side. Note: Be creative with your comments about each of the volunteers after they have displayed their talent. There is so much humor that can be interjected into this illustration. Today, I want to showcase the brilliance found in this room by highlighting some amazing, incredible talent. To do this, I need to use three helpers. (Select three people to join you.) For our first helper, I want to challenge you to reveal your artistic abilities. It's quite simple. (Move the helper close to the mounted poster board.) Using this marker, I want to give you a whopping sixty seconds to draw a picture of my beautiful face. Remember to be kind! (Allow the picture to be drawn and then position the artist to the side of the poster board so that the picture can be "appreciated".) Next, I want to use our second volunteer to show off their incredible athletic abilities. Please go over and pick up that baseball and toss it to me. Notice that I said the word "toss". I really don't want to have to make a trip to the emergency room. (Allow the baseball to be tossed to you.) And last, I have saved my favorite display of talent for our third and final helper. Your talent will be showcased as you go over and pick up that cupcake and enjoy eating it. (Allow the helper to pick up and eat the cupcake.)   I will admit that there really wasn't much talent to be seen in the performed tasks. But, pay close attention because we are now going to get to the reason for these three actions. (Turn to the artist.) When you picked up the marker to draw the "beautiful" picture of my face, which hand did you use to draw the picture? (Allow for the answer.) Is this because you are ______-handed? (Turn to the baseball thrower.) When you picked up the baseball, which hand did you use to toss the baseball? (Allow for an answer.) Is this because you are ______-handed? (Turn to the cupcake devourer.) When you picked up the cupcake, which hand did you use to bring the cupcake up to your mouth? (Allow for an answer.) Is this because you are ______-handed? (Ask your helpers to take a bow and then return back to their seats.) Notice that each task was performed by our helpers using what is called their dominant hand. And, you'll notice in each of the three tasks, in using their dominant hand, their other hand wasn't needed to accomplish the task. They could have used their other hand but they wouldn't have accomplished the same results. This other hand wasn't discarded or removed. It was still there, but not used.  Let's look at our scripture. (Open the Bible to read our verse.) In writing this scripture, the apostle Paul is giving us insight for a way to accomplish one of the most incredible things, the ability to supernaturally, powerfully talk to God. Isn't that your desire? Did you notice that I said that it was supernatural praying? As we pray in other tongues, the Holy Spirit connects with our spirit and gives it a supernatural strength (dominance) that enables much to be accomplished. It would easy to call this power-packed praying. It goes beyond what could be accomplished with just using our mind to pray. Speaking of the mind, what about the mind while we pray in other tongues? Just like the "other hand" seen earlier in the tasks of our three helpers, the mind isn't accomplishing anything. It is still there but yielding no results.  If you want to pray strong prayers, the kind that will cause much to happen, it is a no-brainer (no pun intended). Pray in the Spirit! ...

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14 Oct Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 18

Of all of the types of blog posts that I write, without question, the Praying in the Spirit Illustrations posts are among my favorites. Why? Because I believe that each and every illustration is providing a much-needed, simple, understandable, visible help to communicate the importance of praying in the Spirit. This brings us to illustration number eighteen. 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 18 –We Have an Outward Expression of an Inward Work "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." Acts 2:4 For this illustration, you will need a Bible and either a slide or video clip obtainable from Google of an outdoor water meter. Before I go any further, I need to forewarn you that I am about to show you a slide/video of something so ordinary, so everydayish (is that even a word?) that will cause you to be totally unimpressed. (Show slide/video of the outdoor water meter.) See? I told you so! I knew that this would happen. Immediately, your mind looked at the picture of the outdoor water meter and did a ho-hum. Am I right? We all know what a water meter does. It is a utility used to enable us to see and monitor an activity that is happening elsewhere at the given moment. The numbers spinning on the meter is reminding that water is passing through the pipes and is being used inside of your home. You are being informed that something is happening in places that you don't immediately see. So, why in the world would I be talking about an outdoor water meter today? Let's read today's scripture. (Read the scripture.) This verse tells us of an activity from heaven that took place in a room occupied by 120 people. That activity was the Holy Spirit being sent by God to move inside and work inside of the Jesus-loving people. It was definitely an "inside", unseen action. In other words, the Holy Spirit didn't appear in a physical form, announce who He was, and then move to the inside (spirit) of these believers. Here is the exciting part of this scripture. Let me go back to mentioning the outdoor water meter. The meter was an outward way to know or evidence that an unseen activity was happening. From standing at the meter, you can't physically see with your eyes water moving. But, the gauge or numbers spinning gives you knowledge of what is going on. When our heavenly Father poured out His Holy Spirit, He provided an outside witness or evidence that showed that He was working on the inside of these individuals. "They began to speak with other tongues ...

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09 Sep The Benefits of Praying in Other Tongues – The List

In last week's blog post, I shared what I called Holy Spirit Realities Nuggets. This was actually a compilation of a few of the Holy Spirit Realities posts that I have previously shared on Tuesdays on my Billy Burns Ministries Facebook page. I felt compelled to share these because of Facebook's crazy algorithm which dictates who sees what. I am fairly confident that many of you hadn't seen these nuggets before. This week, I want to share another compilation of posts. Every Thursday, I share what I consider to be one of, if not the most important series of posts that I publish on Facebook ...

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29 Jul Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 17

For the new followers of this blog, let me share the importance of this blog post. Over the years, I have observed that many pastors, teachers, and parents struggle when trying to teach about the importance of praying in the Spirit. Perhaps you are one of these leaders or parents that know that praying in other tongues is scriptural but just feel uncomfortable or unable to teach on this subject. Because this subject is far too important to ignore, I occasionally share blog posts to provide simple-to-use, simple-to-understand helps to enable you to confidently share the numerous benefits associated with praying in other tongues. This brings us to illustration number seventeen. 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 TonguesPart 17 –We Pray in Obedience to God's Word "...

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