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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Call to Pentecostal Prayer

From the Jan. 2, 1994, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel

By Thomas E. Trask
Dec. 29, 2013

Pentecostal praying — these two words represent two of the most powerful forces on planet Earth. Both have been given to the Assemblies of God, a Pentecostal church.

With the coming of Pentecost, the Early Church was given more than what we call the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues. Accompanying this experience of being Spirit-baptized, they received power to be witnesses of Jesus Christ, starting in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and then throughout the uttermost parts of the world. (See Acts 1:8.) This means they were given the ability to live out the lifestyle of Jesus Christ.

Regardless of how evil society is, the power of the Holy Spirit is available. The church today must live in the power of Pentecost.

The Spirit-filled believer is given an added dimension so powerful one can scarcely comprehend it. It is called praying in the Holy Ghost.

Paul the apostle wrote, “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries” (1 Corinthians 14:2, KJV).

When one prays in tongues, he prays in a heavenly language or a prayer language. With this prayer language one speaks directly to God. God understands all prayer languages, for the ability to speak or pray in languages is given by the Holy Spirit.

Paul said that in the Spirit he spoke mysteries. This praying aids the individual. Paul stated, “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself” (1 Corinthians 14:4); that is, he builds up his faith and spiritual life. The Holy Spirit is a helper. When one speaks in tongues, or what is commonly called a message in tongues, in a public service, there must be an interpretation in order for hearers to benefit.

Pentecostal praying puts one in direct communion with God by the Spirit. Again Paul admonished us toward “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18). A release comes that is supernatural. It is a spiritual bodybuilding experience; one becomes strengthened, helped and blessed. Paul also said, “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth” (1 Corinthians 14:14); and, “I speak with tongues more than ye all” (1 Corinthians 14:18).

Paul gave some marvelous insights into praying in the Spirit: “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26, NIV).

At times, when the Holy Ghost prays in and through us, the result is groans. These groans are not man’s doing; they are Spirit birthed. A sure way to do spiritual warfare is to allow the Holy Spirit to pray in and through us. This is an uninterrupted communication with God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son through the Holy Spirit.

Romans gives further insight into what happens: “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will” (Romans 8:27).

The child of God has two divine intercessors: Christ intercedes for the believer in heaven, and the Holy Spirit intercedes for the believer on earth. When the Holy Spirit is interceding for the believer, he need never be concerned about praying amiss, for the Holy Spirit is petitioning the Father in accordance to the Father’s will.

Praying in the Holy Ghost will move mountains. It will tear down the enemy’s strongholds. It will reach lost husbands and wives, sons and daughters, family members, loved ones. Praying in the Holy Ghost brings God into one’s soul. It will bring healing to one’s body, mind and emotions. It will give stability when everything and everyone are being shaken.

This kind of praying was intended to be a vital part of the Spirit-filled church. Jude wrote, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost” (Jude 20, KJV). When the church prays in the Holy Ghost, spiritual strength and stamina come that the enemy cannot defeat.

The church in the Book of Acts availed itself of this kind of praying, and the result was a powerful church that turned its world upside down. When they prayed, the place was shaken. (See Acts 4:31.)

The church today can again shake our world when we pray and allow the Holy Ghost to pray in us and through us. May this be a part of our individual lives as well as the church life today. It is of God, and it will bless the church of Jesus Christ.

THOMAS E. TRASK served as general superintendent of the Assemblies of God from 1993 to 2007.


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