And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4).
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God (Acts 10:44-46).
And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied (Acts 19:6).
Praying in tongues or praying in the spirit accompanies the baptism with the Holy Spirit. This experience is given to us by the Father to enhance our prayer life and our closeness with Him. It is the will of God that every believer receives the baptism with the Holy Spirit and then prays in the spirit or in other tongues!
When a believer prays in the spirit, or in tongues, there is a spiritual building up that occurs. 1 Corinthians 14:4 reveals: He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself…Just like a car battery that is being charged by the alternator while the car engine is running, so we are edified or charged up spiritually when we pray in the spirit.
Jude 20 reads: But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. Again, the idea here is that you are built up or you could say edified by praying in the spirit or in other tongues.
Before I minister, counsel, or just as I begin my day, I always take time to pray in the spirit. Living in a dark, doubt infested, fallen world saps our spiritual strength. Praying in the spirit rejuvenates us, charges us back up spiritually, and enables us with the needed spiritual energy to face each day boldly!
Praying in the spirit also brings with it a great refreshing. With the Holy Spirit baptism comes a greater degree of the presence of God in your life. And by praying in the spirit, there comes a deeper intimacy with Him.
Notice Isaiah 28:11-12: For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, To whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,” and, This is the refreshing...Talking to the Father from your human spirit brings rest and refreshing! It’s a wonderful thing to be able to sit quietly in His presence and pray from your spirit. In this way intimacy with the Father is available to you twenty four hours a day anywhere in the world! During times of difficulty and emotional and mental turmoil, you can turn to your Father and pour your heart out to Him in words that He alone understands.
There’s just something about being totally real with someone that releases stress from your life. When you’re involved in challenges all around, praying in the spirit can take you to that place of solace where the Father can minister His rest and peace to your spirit!
As you work today you can quietly pray in the spirit and commune with the Father under your breath. As you shop, or as you mow the lawn, you can enjoyed uninterrupted communion with the Father of spirits . Take advantage of this throughout the day and you’ll find renewed strength for the task at hand.
He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak (Isaiah 40:29). Praying in the spirit will enable you to wait on the Lord through your busy day today. Take advantage of it.