THEME: PRAY IN THE SPIRIT
1 Corinthians 14:13-15 NIV
“For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.”
-Speaking in tongues was important during Paul’s time as it is today. It helps us to efficiently communicate with God through prayer. If we pray through tongues, we speak directly to God alone. According to 1 Corinthians 14:2 which says that, “for anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.” The word spirit here is pneuma which is understood as the Holy Spirit. Speaking in tongues is not understood by men as one may try to apply their intellect, mind, mental efforts and operations which is unfruitful. During Pentecost the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:3-4). We are reminded to ask the Lord to teach us how to pray as the disciples asked Jesus in Luke 11:1, so that we may pray in the spirit and abide in Him.
You are Yahweh Lord our Maker and our God. You are our King of glory and our good Shepherd. You are our God in whom we put our trust. May You fill us with Your Holy Spirit and grant us the gift of speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues. May You teach us how to pray dear Jesus. May You bless us indeed LORD and enlarge our territories, that Your hand would be with us, and that You would keep us from evil, that we may not cause pain. May You teach us to pray dear Jesus and help us to pray in the spirit. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
Further reading: Luke 11:1-4, 1 Corinthians 12:8-11