POINTS TO REMEMBER-
A) Praying in the Spirit, edifies the whole self-spirit, soul and body (1Cor 14:4), and you’re building health. So there are benefits for your mind, emotions, body and spirit. Ps. 103:5 says-Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]! So Ps 81:10 says-open your mouth wide and I will fill it. Let Him give you utterance.
B) There are four baptisms mentioned, but there are three that are very important-1) The Holy Spirit baptizes you into Christ for regeneration of your spirit. 2) Disciples baptize you in water, to cut off the old man, it opens up the mind to see the light of the Gospel. 3) Jesus baptizes you with the Holy Spirit, and He gives you power to live the Christian life-you receive ability efficiency and might(Acts 1:8). Praying in tongues is evidence that the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in you, the third Person of the Godhead. God waited till the day of Pentecost to give the Holy Spirit. So when you think of Pentecost it should remind you of this precious Gift of God the Father, the precious Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues, that He gave to the disciples.
Speaking in tongues is unique only to the New Covenant(Acts 2:4).The Holy Spirit was giving them UTTERANCE as they SPOKE IN TONGUES. The Holy Spirit is the One Who gives the words-the utterance.This word utterance means a dignified elevated discourse, not a word of everyday speech. So it’s special. It’s the first gift given to the Church. It was priority with Father God. And the Holy Spirit will always be in you and with you(Heb. 13:5, 1John 3:24, 1John 4:13). He’s in you when you accept Jesus as Lord of your life and you will be immersed in Him when you are baptized in Him. It’s the difference of having a glass of water in you and being immersed in a pool with water being on you.
C) Praying in the Spirit is dedicated time to God.You will be led by the Holy Spirit more when you pray in the Spirit, you will be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit without you even being conscious of it, it will just be that way. It keeps you in an attitude of prayer, you can be praying in the Spirit even while you are doing other things, praying in low undertones, thus it is one way of fulfilling the command in 1Thess. 5:17 to pray without ceasing. Singing in the Spirit is worshiping God(1Cor. 14:15) extolling and magnifying Him (Acts 10:46).
D) When praying in the Spirit, you’re praying the perfect will of God-intercessory prayer by the Holy Spirit for you, for He helps our weaknesses, this is the same word used in the Gospel when the Lord healed, meaning sicknesses. He prays for your loved ones through you when you don’t know how to pray for them and He prays for others through you. You can ask the Holy Spirit to pray for your health or someone else’s through your prayer language. You can ask Him to pray for anything. You may experience warfare and resistance, and but Eph. 6:18 says to keep praying with perseverance for breakthrough, and Ph. 4:6 says-CONTINUE praying in every circumstance with thanksgiving. 1Cor. 14:13 says-Therefore, the person who speaks in an [unknown] tongue should pray [for the power to interpret and explain what he says. This scripture is talking about when you are in a public church setting, you would need an interpreter for the benefit of the people to understand and be edified, but I also believe that you can ask the Holy Spirit to give you the power to interpret what you are saying in your private prayer time also. Praying in the Spirit is a rest. This means it will cause a rest for your spirit when doing activity, because it will be Spirit directed activity. Rest doesn’t mean no activity but it means it will be Spirit directed. Your spirit will be at rest and there won’t be agitation to your spirit, there will be an ease.
E) When praying in the Spirit, you are praying secret truths and hidden things(1Cor. 14:2). When praying in the Spirit, more signs, wonders, healings are manifested. F) Praying in the Spirit, you are doing spiritual warfare for the saints. Remember there are seven pieces to our spiritual armor we are to put on-1) The belt of truth 2) Breastplate of righteousness 3) Feet shod with the Gospel of peace to face the enemy 4) The shield of faith 5) The helmet of salvation 6) The sword of the Spirit(in the Greek-rhema, which is the saying of God, which would be a now word from God). 7) THROUGH all prayer and supplication, praying at all times in the Spirit, which is how you receive the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the saying of God(YLT).
G) Stir up the gift within you, fan it into flames. H) Ro. 11:29-For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [ He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.] I) Tongues is a gift that was never revoked. J) Acts 2:39-For the promise [ of the Holy Spirit] is to and for you and your children, and to and for all that are far away, [even] to and for as many as the Lord our God invites and bids to come to Himself. K) You were invited and bidded to come to Him. L) Be blessed beloved child of God, and use this grace gift, as God so desires for you to do (Luke 11:13). GLORY TO OUR GOD!