GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: SO WHY PRAY? PART 5
PRAYING OR SPEAKING IN NEW TONGUES contd.
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Jude 1:20-21 KJV
In capsule 47 we started on the preamble for the all important subject of speaking in new tongues, I hope you spent time meditating on 1 Corinthians 2:7-17. All along I have premised the discussions on understanding the truth that the New Covenant is hinged on knowing that 'God has already with the new birth given us all that we would ever need for life and godliness'. This generally provokes the question that, 'if this is true, why do we need to pray at all?' As I have said in the past, this is the wrong question to ask. The right question should be , 'how do I lay hold or receive all these spiritual provisions, so that they can manifest in the physical?' This is the frustration most Christians face which eventually lead to desperation. The spiritual world is governed by laws, once you understand this, all you need is to find out what those laws are and apply them, it then becomes like drawing water out of a well, '“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3 KJV
To do the above, praying in new tongues is central. Before we go into it, I would like to clarify a popular misconception. The primary use of speaking in tongues is not to fight the devil, no not at all, It has more to do with you (Jude 1:19-20, Romans 8:25-28). To be certain when you are speaking in new tongues, Satan and the demonic host can't have a look in, they are locked out, but that is 'as a result of ' not ' the primary reason why' . Let me put it another way, the primary reason why you pray or speak in new tongues is to edify or build yourself up . As a consequence of this the devil is shut out during the process. Another way of putting it is, you are tuning into a superior spiritual frequency/wavelength, and as you do that, it cuts out the nuisance, demonic frequency/wavelengths. But your primary purpose and focus is the former not the latter. Your aim is to access and draw on the mysteries in your born again spirit through the help of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians chapter 3, 1Corinthians 2:7-17, Romans 8:25-28). So your focus is not on the devil, but on accessing the mind of God. Except you understand this fundamental, you will be expending spiritual energy purposelessly and pointlessly.
“But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 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. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:25-28 KJV
Romans 8:25-28 explains this like no other. There are 4 parts to it. Verse 25 sets the scene. Hope is seeing that which does not exist in the physical but you know it exists. Verse 26 says the Holy Spiritual comes to our aid because of this inadequacy or weakness. (The weakness or inadequacy is the difficulty we have with bringing the invisible to the visible . How to bring what we hope for into this present reality, since it already exists in the spiritual world). The word translated 'helpeth' from Greek literarily means 'to lay hold with us' or 'join up with us' to overcome this inadequacy. So as you open your mouth and make the utterance, the Holy Spirit who understands the mind of God perfectly takes over, searching and accessing the mind of God for that situation, making all the necessary course correction, standing as a bridge, that is what intercession is all about . As the Holy Spirit does this intercession by groaning, you begin to speak mysteries according to 1 Corinthians 14:2. The resultant effect is a 'downloading' process (please refer to 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 for more explanation), this is the third part. Then all things start to fall into there right places, the wisdom of God for that situation starts to flow, insight into complex issues or whatever it is you desire, as long as it is in line with the New Covenant. The summary of these 4 parts is well encapsulated in Jude 1:20-21, there is an edification or building up (1 Corinthians 14:4a, Jude 1:20), followed by manifestation or assurance or realisation of the love of God (Romans 5:5, Jude 1:21). It sounds all so complex, but really it is simple. As you do this, things begin to shift from the spiritual to the physical.
I have for the purposes of explanation and teaching divided the process into parts but in reality, it is actually a continuum , but except you know what to expect it becomes a ritual and tedium. Lastly, it is the Holy Spirit that groans in you and it happens spontaneously and involuntarily it is not something you make happen, your part is to cooperate with Him.
HE THAT SPEAKS IN UNKNOWN TONGUES, SPEAKS MYSTERIES, THE WISDOM OF GOD!
In capsule 49 we would consider this further