What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.1 Corinthians 14:15
‘I will,’ says Paul. This is where many people have a terrible time with the prayer language, or tongues. They say, ‘Okay, if this is for me and will edify my spirit, I’m open to it.’ They might ask for the laying on of hands. They might be in a position where they are sincerely waiting on the Lord. But nothing happens. ‘I just want to express my love to the Lord in this unique way, but nothing’s happening,’ they say in frustration — as though they believe that somehow they’re going to go into a trance, their eyes will become glazed, they’ll quiver and shake, and their tongue will begin moving against their will.
Paul simply says, ‘I will pray in the Spirit. It’s a choice I make.’
When we teach our kids or new believers to pray, we don’t say, ‘Sit there until something happens. If you’re really supposed to pray, you’ll pray.’ No, we set an example for them and give a model to them. Many times, I’ll have someone repeat after me, ‘Dear Jesus, come into my heart ... . .’ as a simple prayer of salvation. Does the fact that they’re echoing my words make their prayer ineffective or insincere? No. They’re just learning how to pray and that’s where they’re at in their development.
So too, I suggest that praying in the Spirit is a lot simpler than we make it. It’s just saying, ‘I will pray right now with words I don’t understand, trusting the Lord is inspiring these words and partnering with me in the process.’ Praying in the Spirit is not a feeling I feel. It’s a decision I make. And once I begin to do this, it’s so simple.
I’m not on a tongues-speaking kick by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s a beautiful expression for me personally to say, ‘I don’t know how to pray with understanding about this. I’m frazzled and fried mentally. So I’m going to pray in the Spirit,’ — and as I do, my spirit is edified. The prayer language is available to anyone, to everyone who simply believes.
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