Five Reasons Why I Pray in the Spirit (Introduction)

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Hello graceful mama!  I am going to talk a little bit with you in this series about praying in the Holy Spirit (praying in tongues). Today, I’ll just give a little background.  Maybe you’ve experienced it, and maybe you haven’t.  Maybe you are skeptical.  Maybe you are a just little intrigued.  Well, hang on to your hats, folks, this is going to be a fun ride. {smiles}  I’ll explain a lot as we go.

Maybe you have experienced it…

If you are of the Pentecostal/Charismatic persuasion, you may have already experienced this phenomenon.  Cool!  I’m going to let you in on a few secrets in this series.  Secrets that I have discovered in my journey that have changed my life and opened up my understanding of the significance of praying in tongues.

You may not realize it, but you can pray in the Spirit daily.  It doesn’t have to be just when you’re at a powerful church meeting and get overwhelmed by the presence.

You can do it intentionally-even daily-and you should.  It will definitely make a difference in your life!

Maybe you have not…

If you have never experienced or been taught anything about speaking in tongues, then I have some good news for you!  You too can experience this life-changing communion with the God of Heaven on a daily basis, and I will show you some reasons why it will be beneficial to you as a believer.

Speaking in tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit.  It is free gift from God.  You don’t have to work it up.  It is the ability to speak in other languages that you don’t currently have knowledge of, either languages of earth or heaven.

Sound wierd?  Well, yeah… Sometime spiritual things sound wierd at first.  But they are really fun!  And you get to experience God in a new way.

Maybe you were taught that it is wrong or not for today…

Some of you have grown up in a church or denomination that actually preaches against speaking in tongues.  I am convinced that if your teachers only knew the truth about this subject, they would be praying in the Spirit, too.

In no way am I accusing or belittling those that have given their lives and hearts to teaching the Word of God in these churches.  There are definitely a lot of things that they have right (that I probably don’t), and there is much to learn from them.

We all learn new things from the Lord every day, and my prayer is that by His grace, God will open all of our hearts and minds to know Him better, no matter what that looks like.

My Early Years

I grew up in a pentecostal church and received the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” at a Perry Stone revival when I was seven years old.  It was at that time that I first spoke in tongues.  Needless to say, I never questioned the validity of this experience.  What child ever would?  Children are so trusting, and that is of great benefit when it comes to things of the Kindgom.

I remember praying in the Spirit throughout my childhood and teen years, even during times when I wasn’t actively “pursuing” the Lord.  When I was a teenager, I was more interested in cheerleading practice and who my prom date was going to be than seeing the Kingdom advance at my high school.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was Jesus who was doing the pursuing… It was Jesus who was pursuing me.

By the time I entered my freshman year of college, Jesus had caught me.  He had captured my heart!  He and I have been inseparable ever since, and the rest is history.

I Wanted to Know What I Believed… and Why

Like I mentioned earlier, praying in the Spirit was never something I questioned.  It was just always a part of my spiritual life since I was a child.  During my time when I was teaching at JSU though, I began to want to understand more about why its important.

I wanted to know what I believed and why, so I started digging.  Digging in the rich soil of the Word.  I uncovered several gems in my search that have encouraged me in the years since.

God has used those gems to encourage me to pray in the Spirit on a regular basis.  Not just when I’m feeling it, but being intentional about it.  Intentionally communing with the Lord in that way.

Are you curious?  Do you want to know more?  Then stay tuned.

Do you think I’m crazy?  Maybe I am.  But just like Paul said to the Corinithians, if it seems like I’m crazy, it is to bring glory to God.

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Tasha

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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