If you attend a Pentecostal/Charismatic church, like I do, the words “praying in the spirit” are synonymous with “praying in tongues.” For the purpose of this lesson, I am defining “praying in the spirit” as allowing the Holy Spirit to direct your prayer life.
I find that in many of our Pentecostal churches there is much emphasis on the initial experience of receiving the Holy Spirit, but then we tend to stop right there.
I like to do a follow up teaching, after children receive the Holy Spirit on the benefits of praying in tongues.
Here are some of the benefits of praying in tongues that I cover in this lesson.
1 – Praying in tongues guards our heart.
The world is full of evil communication. There is hatred, cursing, and gossip all around us. God has given us a special gift to protect us from the evil words we hear. When we pray in the Spirit we protect our heart from the things around us.
2- Praying in tongues builds up our spirit.
(I Corinthians 14:14) Sometimes in life, your spirit (the person on the inside) may get drained. The Bible says that praying in the spirit will edify or charge up your spirit. This kind of prayer charges you up like a power cord charges a cell phone or an ipod.
3 – Praying in tongues helps us to control our tongue.
James 3:5-7, “…but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”
James chapter three tells us that the tongue is unruly, evil and full of deadly poison. We cannot tame our tongue without the help of the Holy Spirit. This means that sometimes your tongue will say things you don’t want it to say. When we pray in tongues, it controls our tongue. You can’t say bad things when you pray in tongues, because you are praying words from the Holy Spirit.
4 – When you pray in tongues your prayer life is more effective than if you don’t. The reason for this is that the Holy Spirit knows about things you don’t.
The Holy Spirit will lead you to pray about things that God wants someone to pray about, so you know you are praying the perfect will of God. (Romans 8:26-27).
In your prayer life, you can learn to follow the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul said it like this, “I will pray with my spirit, and I will pray with my understanding.” Paul prayed both ways. When you pray in the spirit, you can pray for problems that your brain doesn’t even know about. You could pray for somebody in another country. You may not know them, but the Holy Spirit does, and He will lead you in your prayers. Take time to listen to the Holy Spirit when you pray.