The subject of speaking in our heavenly language has always aroused a great deal of curiosity in the church. Sadly, it is often seen through the eyes of negative stereotypes of people swinging from chandeliers, foaming at the mouth, and playing with rattlesnakes. In any movement, there are extremists, of course, but as a rule, this is not true at all. Christians from all races, denominations, and nationalities have had their lives totally transformed by praying in their spiritual language. In fact, you probably know some of them!
In this series of messages, we have attempted to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about speaking in your heavenly language.
WHY SHOULD I SPEAK IN MY SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE? HOW WILL IT BENEFIT MY CHRISTIAN LIFE? The Bible gives a number of reasons why every Christian should pray in their heavenly language, and many ways that praying in it will tremendously benefit any Christian who practices it.
1. Praying in your heavenly language will edify you (1 Corinthians 14:4.) To edify means to build up, strengthen, recharge.
2. Praying in your heavenly language is evidence that the Holy Spirit resides in you. (Acts 10:45-46)
3. Praying in your heavenly language builds up your faith, and helps you trust God more fully. (Jude 20)
4. Praying in your heavenly language is a great way to give thanks to God. (1 Corinthians 14:15-17)
5. Praying in our heavenly language helps us to yield our bodies, to the control of the Holy Spirit. (James 3:8)
6. Praying in our heavenly language helps us to pray God's perfect will, even when we don't know what or how to pray. (Romans 8:26)
7. Praying in our heavenly language brings us into God's rest and refreshing. (Isaiah 28:11-12; 1 Corinthians 14:21)
Praying in our heavenly language has been humorously compared to Popeye eating a can of spinach! Just like the spinach gives him an immediate boost of strength, so will our prayer language strengthen and build up our spiritual lives. We are only beginning to discover the wonderful benefits that come through communicating with God in our Heavenly languages. In fact, if we are going to receive the fullness of God's promises for our lives, then it is absolutely essential.
For example, let’s look at one of the most beloved promises in the entire Bible, which is found in Romans 8:28: "...And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." This passage has been a source of comfort and encouragement to countless believers facing trials in their lives. However, in order to fully grasp the impact of this verse, it is vitally important that we read it in its proper context. In order to attain the benefits of Romans 8:28, we must first look ahead two verses at verse 26: "...we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself (Himself) maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered" (literal Greek, "Uttered in articulate speech.") In other words, God will take the things that we pray out in our prayer languages, and turn them around to our good. Once I learned this truth, I gained a new appreciation for just how wonderful this promise is. No matter how tough or complex life may seem, God will work through our prayer languages to bring it all into focus and bring good out of even the most difficult circumstances.
Even medical science is beginning to take notice. I recently read about a fascinating study done by Dr. Carl Peterson, a brain specialist at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In his research, Dr, Peterson discovered that as people pray and worship God in our heavenly language, the brain releases two chemical secretions which give our immune systems a 35-40% boost, and promotes healing in our bodies! As amazing as this seems, the secretion comes from a part of the brain which has no other apparent activity in humans. The only way to activate it is by praying in the Spirit (1)! As more and more people come to discover the power of praying in the Spirit, it is awesome to think about the things we may learn next.