Scripture For Today:
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
We have been talking about praying in tongues and being led in our prayer life by the Holy Spirit. We also need to take the time to build ourselves up, edify ourselves, by praying in the Holy Spirit for ourselves. This is usually accomplished through praying in tongues for our own life. Amen!
In Jude, verse 20, we read “But ye, beloved, BUILDING YOURSELVES UP on your most Holy Faith, PRAYING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.”
Praying in the Holy Spirit is praying in tongues. Paul made a statement similar to Jude in First Corinthians 14:4 where he said, “He that speaks in an unknown tongue EDIFIES HIMSELF. But he that prophesies edifies the church.” That word, “edify” means the same exact thing that “building yourself up” does in Jude 20. Amen! How many of you just received a revelation in that? Praise God!
One element of speaking in tongues in our prayer life does NOT involve praying for other people – it is purely a means of personal and spiritual edification in our own life. We need that kind of praying. We are not going to be able to pray effectively for others without being edified in our own life and spirit. Amen!
The more we pray in other tongues and build up our own spirit man, the more keenly aware we will be in the Holy Spirit and things of the Spirit when we pray for other people. Praying in tongues helps make us sensitive to the Holy Spirit when He desires to manifest spiritual gifts through us. That is what is meant to “edify ourselves.”
We must stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit so He can manifest the Gifts of the Spirit through us as He desires. This is especially true if we are to be used in the operation of the vocal Gifts of the Spirit, prophecy, tongues and the interpretation of tongues. We need to be Spiritually sensitive to know and understand what the Holy Spirit is sharing if we are called into a ministry of vocally sharing these things with others. Amen!
In other words, we have something to do to cooperate with the movement of the Holy Spirit in the manifestation of the vocal gifts because we are the ones doing the talking. We cannot operate in those gifts anytime we want. We cannot operate in this type of gift if we are not led by the Spirit to do so. Which means WE must be 100% Spiritually sensitive to the things of the Spirit in order to do this. Amen! And that type of sensitivity ONLY comes through your own private prayer time of praying in tongues. Amen!
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