PRAYER- A Personal Matter And Never To Be Mocked!
Posted by Shofar
This post is in response to a video I saw of a preacher mocking those who pray in the Spirit and speak in tongues!
The preacher criticized and poked fun at the way how some believers pray, even mimicking them by imitating their praying in tongues out loud. I believe that this is bad manners, to say the least! He was not speaking against who they were praying to and what was the substance or words they spoke in their prayers, but how they prayed- in unknown tongues or languages. He could not back up what he said with scriptures as the Bible says, that out of the mouths of two or three witnesses every Word is established (2Cor 13:1; Deut 19:15). He was simply against the idea of praying/speaking in tongues out loud.
No one should make fun of anyone who prays in tongues. Praying in tongues is scriptural with many Biblical references. Eph6:18 tells us “Praying always with all prayer and supplication IN THE SPIRIT”. Jude 20 states “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying IN THE HOLY GHOST”. How does one pray in the Spirit and in the Holy Ghost? By praying in tongues! Praying in the Spirit, and praying in the Holy Ghost are one and the same thing, and it is done by praying in tongues, like all the early Apostles did! To speak against tongues is tantamount to blaspheming the Holy Ghost. Jesus said “He that shall blaspheme against the HOLY GHOST hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation” (Mk 3:29) and “..All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the HOLY GHOST shall not be forgiven unto men.” (Mt12:31)
Prayer is a very personal matter only between man and God. It is a very precious, sacred, and a very sensitive area in the lives of those who are praying. Praying in the Spirit is very personal! 1 Cor 14:2 says,
“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”
Some preachers speak against praying in tongues and have caused great dissension, confusion, and doubt in the body of Christ.
The conjecture made was that those who were speaking out loud in tongues could not be understood. What difference does it make if a person chooses to pray aloud by himself or with a group of other believers in Christ? It is a way to pray to God, and not man, anyway. The Bible states that the Holy Spirit helps us to pray, especially when we don’t know how to pray, and praying in the Holy Spirit is to pray “according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26 states,
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
God knows what is in our hearts; He knows what our thoughts are even before we utter them out loud. Hannah only moved her lips and “poured out my soul before the Lord”. Eli thought she was drunk, not knowing she had a deep burden in her heart. But God knew and answered her prayer. (1Sam 1:13-17)
SOME OF THE WAYS CHRISTIANS CAN PRAY
- Pray with a grateful heart. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.. 1Th 5:18
- Pray in worship and praise to God, singing along with musical instruments. Ps 150:3,4,5
- Pray by clapping your hands, and shouting unto God with a voice of triumph. Ps 47:1
- Pray by lifting up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. Ps 134:2
- Pray with with the spirit, and pray with the understanding also. 1 Cor 14:14,15
- Pray by speaking out loud or shouting in agreement, while someone else is praying. Mt 18:19
- Pray with tears and groanings Ro 8:26; with stammering lips. Isa 28:11
- Pray in an unknown tongue in a language that only can be understood by God; speaking mysteries to Him. 1Cor 14:2
- Pray by bringing sacrifices of praise- the fruit of our lips giving thanks unto His name. Jer 17:26; Heb 13:15
- Pray while in bed at night, Ps 63:6 and before getting up. Ps 5:3
- Pray while driving with eyes open, or while commuting;
- Pray while listening to praise music;
- Pray quietly or audibly while walking or pacing;
- Pray while working or doing chores;
- Pray while reading the newspaper, especially in response to adverse news;
- Pray in response to reading the Bible, in thanksgiving to God for His Word;
- Pray without ceasing! 1Th 5:17
As one can see above, there are many ways to pray and praying in the spirit or in tongues is just another way of praying. There is no mandate anywhere in the Bible that says a person must speak in tongues, and there is no Biblical reason to discourage others from doing so. Different strokes for different folks applies to prayer styles as well, whether praying alone or with a group of like minded believers.
These verses in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles also support praying in tongues:
- Acts 2:11-12 They spoke in tongues other than their native tongue, understandable to others and they were thought to be drunk.
- Acts 10:46 Upon receiving the Holy Ghost, Cornelius and his family were heard speaking in tongues and magnifying God.
- Acts 19:6 They spoke in tongues and prophesied (an example of 1 Cor 14:5 tongues spoken as prophecy to be interpreted).
The apostle Paul spoke in tongues and encouraged the use of this spiritual gift. He said in 1 Cor 13:1, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,”. . “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:” (1 Cor 14:18), and “forbid not to speak with tongues” (1 Cor 14:39). A careful study of 1 Cor 14 will provide understanding on the subject of tongues which Paul said, “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Cor 14:40). A key point that he makes is in verse 4 of this same chapter:
“He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.”
A good question is how many Christians are edifying themselves, and related to that, how many churches have prophecy so that they can be edified to prepare themselves for the coming of the Lord.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES IS FOR TODAY
Speaking with tongues has not ceased or passed away as some Christian leaders would teach. 1 Cor 13:8-10 state:
“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.”
Only after Jesus, the Perfect One, returns to earth the 2nd time to rule on earth, will prophecies, tongues, and knowledge cease or not be necessary.
Hebrews 12:14 states, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:. .” Work for peace and unity among the brethren. Don’t hurt the body of Christ by encouraging schism and division. One should not advance personal agendas, seizing opportunities to harangue the body of Christ, to cast doubt and suspicion on the Word of God. Let everyone be encouraged to:
“Study to shew yourself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” (2 Tim 2:15)
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” (James 3:13-18)
(Link added 5-17-13)
http://endtimeheadlines.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/10-reasons-for-speaking-in-tongues/ Praying in the Spirit
About ShofarRetired Teacher/Administrator, Christian missionary. Enjoy playing ukulele and guitar, oil painting, swimming and snorkeling, travel photography. Author of 'Sounding the Shofar-Exhortations for the End Times' eBook published Jan. 2012 available at Amazon.com or find it in Side Bar 'From Journal and Shofar eBook.'
Posted on May 2, 2013, in Created to Praise God, Enemy in Our Midst, Hearing From God And His Word and tagged Blaspheming the Holy Spirit, Critical Spirit, Envy and strife and every evil work, False teachers and shepherds, Other spirits in the church, Praying in the Spirit, Schism in the Church, Speaking in Tongues, The Holy Spirit Intercedes for us, Those who cause division, Work for peace and unity among the brethren. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.