The Benefits of Praying in the Spirit

Summary: Today, I am going to write about a few benefits of praying in the Spirit and impart the gift of praying in tongues!

Praying in the Spirit is something that is relatively new to me. A mentor imparted the gift of tongues to me last year. It wasn’t something that I gave much attention to. I admit I thought it was a bit hokey.

Until this year that is.

I was at a class earlier this year that talked about how praying in the Spirit is like our secret weapon. We don’t even have to know what we are praying because it is inspired  by the Holy Spirit!

1 Corinthians 14:14 says, “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.”

Not knowing what we are praying for is exciting after many years of “unanswered prayers”. There were many times I prayed for something specific and if it didn’t come on my time table and my way I would become discouraged. Not knowing what we are praying for is exciting because we can trust God that He knows what we really need and advance His kingdom.

It helps to take the focus off of ourselves because when we pray in the Spirit, we can be interceding for those around us.

There are times I get a sense of what I am praying for and I am learning to journal those moments and see them come to pass. It helps with building a healthy relationship with God.

The second benefit of praying in the Spirit is that it is good for our brains! YAY! There is a Christian psychiatrist named Dr. Carl Peterson that writes how praying in the Spirit releases healing power.

He writes, “As we engage in our heavenly language the brain releases 2 chemical secretions that are directed into our immune systems giving a 35 to 40 percent boost to the immune system. This promotes healing within our bodies. Amazingly this secretion is triggered from a part of the brain that has no other apparent activity in humans and is only activated by our Spirit led prayer and worship.”

Wow! How awesome!

Prayer: Abba Father, I thank you so much for the gift of praying in the Spirit. Thank you that praying in the Spirit really is our secret weapon when it comes to spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:18). In Jesus name, I impart the gift of praying in tongues to each reader. Stir up the gift in each reader as you see fit. I praise you Father for the love, grace, mercy and patience you have for each of us! In Jesus name. Amen. (Note: Only receive this prayer if this is something you want)

Comments: How has praying in the Spirit benefited your own life. I would love to hear your comments below! Be blessed!

The Importance of Relationships

Today at church service, the teaching pastor, asked us what makes us feel the most vulnerable in life. Instantly, relationships came to my mind. Just typing this I feel my heart shake.

I do believe God is bringing me into having healthy relationships in my life and that is exciting and can be terrifying at the same time because relationships and I haven’t really been best friends for the 28 years I have lived.

Relationships have hurt me greatly in the past, and learning to trust God, self and others is a process. Let me say that again, learning to trust God, self and others is a process!

In a playful way I like to ask God,

Me: “Hey buddy, can we skip over this relationship business with other people? I like you more!”

God: “Sorry buddy, you need relationships with other people to help you grow and for you to help them grow.”

Deep down, I understand that.

The issue with the mentality of not needing other people leads to a life of isolation. There are times for us to be alone with God, but there are times we need another. Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)

So where to begin?

Part of the answer is taking baby steps, building friendships and learning to guard our hearts Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.(Proverbs 4:23)

A baby step can be finding a safe community setting to cultivate healthy relationships. Maybe that is going to a function outside of the Sunday service for someone.

Building a friendship means taking the time to get to know someone before to see if the person is someone you want to build a relationship with.

And guarding our heart is recognizing what is going on in our own hearts and not shutting down what we are feeling. Communication is key to guarding your heart. How can I share my heart with someone, if I am not willing to share what is going on the inside? Make sure to find safe, trustworthy people when sharing your heart.

More on relationships later.

Prayer: Father, I praise you for what you are doing in each and everyone of our lives. In Jesus name, I ask for healthy relationships for all of us to help us grow into the strong men and women of God that you designed us to be. Amen.

P.S. Learning to trust God, self and others is a process!




A Thorn in the Flesh

Last week, I met with a therapist that I had worked with in the past. Before walking in, I was getting the word “trust”.  At some point in the session, the therapist mentioned the word, “betrayal”.

I said, “I heard of that word. What does that mean?”

She said, ” It means that something happened that destroyed your trust in them.”

Later that evening, God brought me back to a place when I would cry out to Him as a three-year old to take away the fear of death. Nothing. Silence. At that young age, my view was I could not trust God.

As I sat there, I felt this deep emotional pain, that I have never experienced.  It felt it would have been better to have a knife stabbed in the heart or a gunshot to the head than to feel betrayed by a loving God.

And if I felt I could not trust God, I also did not I feel like I could trust people.

Betrayal is a wound that can run so deep, that will infiltrate into every relationship a person has. But it does have an amazing benefit.

I now can look back and how this has been a blessing.  I can now say like Paul, Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.  And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  (2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NASB) 

And this year when I have felt the thorn, I have shouted for joy and said, “Yes! I shall boast of this, so the power of God dwells in me!”  What a blessing!

Prayer: Father God, I pray for everyone that is experiencing a feeling of betrayal by You. Let them know that is a lie.  I pray you come and speak to them in a personal way and to let them know you see everytime that person has been hurt.  I thank you for your faithfulness when we experience hurt.  I pray that the Holy Spirit comes in to comfort you and ask you God to come in and heal broken hearts and to fill us with your love. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.

From Caterpillar to (Emerging) Butterfly

Do you often wonder how you will accomplish your dreams in your life or what God has called you to do? Do you often fret about how it will happen? If you answered yes to either of these questions there is a good chance that God may have to do a work in you to prepare you to accomplish your dreams.

One of my favorite verses of scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.

It may just be that God has to send you into a cocoon phase to prepare you to accomplish His will in your life. This is how its been for me.

I wandered aimlessly throughout my early 20s. Hopped around from job to job. I believed that the mark of a “successful” person was measured what was in their bank account. I also believed the mark of a successful person was if a person was “attached” to someone else.

This was the caterpillar phase of my life.

In order to accomplish His will in my life, I had to go through a cocoon phase in my life. This was marked with 2+ years of an almost unbearable depression in my life that led to a suicide attempt last year.  Little did I know, that God was never closer in my life in those difficult moments.

You see God was preparing me to accomplish His will in my life, but had to grab my attention. The depression was the only thing that grabbed my attention. It forced me to rely on Him to see me through to the other side.

Now, as an emerging butterfly, I can look back with clarity and see what God was doing throughout each moment.

My prayer for you is, if you are going through a challenging season in your life, that  you see it from a God perspective. You see, God knows past, present and future.  The future part is often where we seem to doubt God. God knows what it will take to accomplish His will. I pray you release control and turn it over to God!

Deep Waters

It’s amazing when God starts working in a person’s life how He targets areas that need refining.

In my case, it was that money was my sense was my worth/security in life. I’ve spent the past two years trying to dismantle that belief to almost no avail. So how does God target that thinking? By taking away your money and having you totally dependent on Him of course! Oh the thrill of trusting God!

Just this week, I started my last two weeks of therapy called neurofeedback. Because it is not covered by insurance, it was a rather large out of pocket expense that has the bank account approaching zero.

Naturally, the old ways of thinking started firing off. “If the bank account reaches zero, I’m going to die!”  is some of the catastrophic thinking my brain goes to.

In those moments, I have to make an effort to keep my eyes on the prize: The love and joy that comes from God alone.

Matthew 6:33 states, “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”

It’s easy to get sidetracked on the goal. It is those moments where I have to stand on the promises of God. I pray we all have the courage to stay the course and not get sidetracked by distractions to our goals.