Five Reasons Why I Pray in the Spirit (#5 I Enter a Place of Rest and Refreshing)

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Another reason why I pray in tongues on a regular basis is because it brings me into a place of rest and refreshing.  This little nugget actually comes from the OLD Testament, in Isaiah 28.

Isaiah 28:11-12 [NKJV] 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”…

There it is!  Plain as day!  This is the rest for the weary–stammering lips and another tongue.  This is the refreshing–stammering lips and another tongue.

Whew!  Praise the Lord!  A mother’s work is never done, and I was beginning to thing I would never get to rest.  {wink}  It’s a good thing Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit.  Through the Spirit, we can pray in tongues and get refreshed any time, no matter what we’re doing.

As we look further into Isaiah 28, we find a few more nuggets that are worth looking at.  At the end of verse 12, we see that the people God was speaking to actually wouldn’t listen.  They were too prideful to accept that speaking in tongues would bring them into rest and refreshing.  Verse 1 tells us about their pride:

Isaiah 28:1 [NKJV] Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, Whose glorious beauty is a fading flower…

God was speaking to the people of Ephraim in this chapter.  Ephraim actually means “fruitful.”  But their pride kept them from seeing the source of their fruitfulness.  They thought their fruitfulness was because of their own efforts.  But really, any fruit they bore came from the Lord and their dependence on Him.  Their pride kept them from receiving the rest God wanted to give them.

When we are depending on our own efforts, we will always come up short.  We will never perform perfectly on our own.  Pride might make you feel silly for speaking in tongues.  It might make you question whether you’re just making it up.  But that’s where rest and trust come in.  Just relax.  The Holy Spirit will take care of it.

The only way we can be fruitful is to be in Christ (John 15), and it is only by the Spirit that we can produce any fruit at all (Galatians 5).  It is not by our own efforts.  It is not because we perform perfectly.  Only when we are resting in Him, depending on Him to do the work by His grace, we will begin to bear fruit.

As we trust in Him day by day, we will begin to see real fruit.  We’ll see love where there was hatred and bitterness.  Joy where there was only depression. Peace where there was strife. Patience, when before we wanted to scream and pull our hair out.  Kindness and goodness where there was rudeness and yuck before.  Faithfulness where we could not be counted upon.  Gentleness where we were too harsh.  Self-control where it was sorely lacking.

Receive His rest today.  Receive His invitation to be refreshed.  You’ll be really glad you did!  It might just change your life forever.

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Tasha Medellin is a head-over-heels-in-love wife and not-so-perfect mother of three who loves spending time outdoors, curling up with a good book, and simply basking in the riches of God's glorious grace.

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