If you go and visit a friend and all the time your friend is speaking to another friend in a dialect or language you don’t understand, would you enjoy the time you spent there? Would you like to keep visiting that friend who has a habit of putting you aside and talking with other people in a dialect you don’t understand? I doubt that. This is the kind of reaction Satan and his cohorts have when we pray in the Spirit; when we pray in tongues. It makes Satan and all those working with him to cause havoc to be confused and powerless because you are speaking mysteries they don’t understand (1 Corinthians 14:2). Praying in tongues is not just a whole lot of mumble-jumble. There are many languages in the world, but every language has a meaning (1 Corinthians 14:10). The fact that those around you or the devil can’t understand what you are saying when you speak in tongues, doesn’t mean you aren’t carrying on an intelligent conversation. You are saying some deep things that makes a whole lot of sense to God. God is simply allowing you to pray things He doesn’t want the devil to grasp and have insight to. God through His Spirit makes you pray in a language that cuts the devil out of your conversation with God (1 Corinthians 4:11). What in essence happens when we pray in tongues is that the Holy Spirit helps us to pray in a heavenly ‘coded language’ that weakens and overcomes the devil.
The devil is very restless. He doesn’t stay in one place, he keeps roaming about from place to place to see and hear what is happening, what people are planning and up to (Job 1:7, 1 Peter 5:8). To confuse the devil when he comes around us, God has given us the gift of praying in tongues. We see from how Jesus related with His disciples that God likes to sometimes talk in parables and coded languages (Matthew 13:10-11). In our world today, speaking in codes or using coded languages has proven to be an effective strategy on the battlefront; a means by which some armies have won wars and conquered opposing parties and countries. God has given you a code the devil can’t crack. What are you doing with it? How much time do you give to praying in the Spirit? Or do you view speaking in tongues as something for people who have lost touch with reality, something some wacko people do to try to draw attention to themselves? Praying in the spirit is a weapon of warfare and whether we like it or not, believe it or not, we are all engaged in warfare with the kingdom of darkness (Ephesians 6: 10-18). This is why we need to pray in tongues to bring down God’s presence on our lives and family, to saturate the atmosphere with the power of God, to send the terror of God ahead us, to release utter confusion in the camp of our enemies and render them, their plans and devices useless.
God wants us to pray different requests, different needs, different issues about our lives in the language of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 6:18). When we do this, we are able to express ourselves in a way we can’t in English or our native dialect. Sometimes you are actually at a loss for words to explain the pain in your heart or what you are going through. It is to help situations like this that 1 Corinthians 1:5 says “For in him you have been enriched in every way – in all your speaking and in all your knowledge.” One of the ways God enriches our speaking is to help us to pray in the Spirit. As we do this we pray things that are beyond our regular vocabulary and beyond our human understanding. We receive from God the perfect words to express ourselves. We are also able to lay hold of God’s perfect will concerning that request, need or issue and pray His will into being (Romans 8:26-27). This heavenly coded language has a way of energizing you when you are weak, confused, at your wits end, in a fix, or in a desperate and tight corner. It fills you with strength from above to rise above your challenges and face any demon and situation (Jude 20, 1 Corinthians 14:4).
Through this special prayer language the devil can’t understand, the Holy Spirit helps us to pray prayers that cause a shaking in the kingdom of darkness. In Acts 4:29-31, the disciples gathered to pray. As they prayed, there was such a mighty presence and move of the Holy Spirit. The building they were in literally shook from its foundation. If there was such a shaking in the physical realm, what do you think would have happened in the spiritual realm that day? What do you think would have happened in the kingdom of darkness that day? I believe that as the disciples prayed, what caused a shaking was nothing other than the wind of the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t a rainy day, the weather was bright and clear, but a supernatural, violent rushing wind was moving in the air, blowing where it pleased (John 3:8, Acts 2:1-2). The atmosphere was charged with the power of God. That’s the kind of powerful effect prayers led by the Spirit can cause. When we pray in the power of the Holy Spirit our prayers are not ordinary. The supernatural happens. The fire of the Holy Spirit falls and destroys certain things in the kingdom of darkness, the wind of the Holy Spirit blows and uproots things planted by the kingdom of darkness, the Wind of the Spirit scatters every meeting and plan of the kingdom of darkness.
There is so much power that comes from praying in the Spirit that is why the devil doesn’t want us to pray, and He certainly doesn’t want to see or hear us pray in the language of the Spirit. Satan knows that you open the door to see God in action when you pray in the Spirit.
God knows that it is not just enough for His children to pray, we need to pray mountain moving, situation changing, demon weakening prayers. God knows that more often than not, we are too tired, weary and distracted to pray. This is why He has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a good gift, He’s a perfect gift, He is a gift from above; He is not an ordinary gift (James 1:17). He is not One of those gifts you can decide not to open or use. You need Him more than you realize you do for that situation you are in. You need the Holy Spirit for your day to day activities.
To have the Holy Spirit in your life, to have Him help you overcome every weakness in prayer and take your prayer life to another level, pray first to have Jesus in you if you have never surrendered your life to Jesus. The Holy Spirit won’t come into a life until He first sees Jesus in that life. He won’t fill a life to overflowing until He first sees that Jesus has been given His rightful place in that life. So pray this prayer: Lord Jesus, please forgive me for every sin I have ever committed. Come into my life to take over my life. Fill every room and corner of my heart. Don’t leave any space vacant. Occupy my heart totally. Holy Spirit I can’t function effectively without you. Without you, all I will be doing is babbling in the place of prayer. I don’t want my prayers to be empty, lifeless and powerless. I’m not ready for the devil to walk all over me and make a mess of my life. I want to live a life of power and victory. Remove sin from my life, make me a vessel You can live in. Baptize me Lord with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, I open my heart to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. If I already have this gift but I haven’t been operating in it, release fresh tongues of fire on me. Fill me Holy Spirit and use me for God’s glory. From today, as I open my mouth to pray in the Spirit; to pray in the coded heavenly language God has given me, I receive divine utterance to declare the mighty works and amazing wonders of God. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I step into a higher level of prayer and intercession, I receive new mercies and more grace. I receive a divinely enriched speech that will unlock heavenly secrets and treasures. I gain access to the power and authority that is in Christ and I use my spiritual authority to frustrate every plan and counsel of the enemy. In the name of Jesus, I am moving to a higher realm of God’s glory. AMEN!
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