Today’s Christian Devotion is our continued study of “Praying with Tongues” by Reverend Kenneth E. Hagin. Grab your coffee and let’s dig right in!
There are representatives in other countries who we need to back up in prayer. Our praying does not need to be so self-centered. Sometimes the extent of our praying is for our families. Some churches pray only for the local church; those people’s prayers are selfish. We should be interested in everyone everywhere. We need a worldwide vision.
I believe we should be interested in our local church, and, certainly, we should be praying for our own families. But we should not pray only for our families and local church and neglect everything else!
Some people are not concerned about others. I can remember when in Pentecostal circles we were just after the saving of souls. We didn’t care who they were, whether they came out of the denominationtional church or not, we just wanted to see souls saved and baptized in the Holy Ghost. I am still that way. I have never changed.
Also, there are many who always have the attitude in life, What am I going to get out of it? That, too, is selfish and shows a lack of praying in the Spirit and walking in the light of His Word.
For example, once I was supposed to hold a meeting in a certain city, and six other churches were going to cooperate. A man who was the manager of my meetings at the time set the meeting up. We spent several hundred dollars on advertisement. Each of these churches was going to share the cost of the advertisement. However, at the last minute, five out of the six churches backed out. My manager asked these men why they were not going to participate in these citywide meetings.
The minister replied, “We have been thinking about it. If we go over to that church meeting, some of our members may like it better over there and they might decide to stay. So we are not going along with the meetings.”
My manager said to them, “Why, Brethren, what am I going to do? I have told Brother Hagin that you were all cooperating and he has already spent all of this money advertising for the meetings.”
They said, “We can’t help that. We are not going to support the meetings!”
My manager said, “Brother Hagin is going to think you are all liars. If that is not lying, please tell me what it is. If a man is selling an automobile, for example, and he said to you, “This automobile is perfectly all right. I just drove it and it is just fine. This has been my own personal car.” Then if you buy it and find out it was not his own personal car and he didn’t know what he was talking about –that the automobile needed a lot of repair–wouldn’t you accuse that fellow of lying?”
They replied, “Yes.”
He said, “Well, that man didn’t lie about that car any more than you did about those meetings!”
But every one of those fellows backed out of the meeting anyway. We went ahead and had a great meeting. The house was full, and some of those ministers’ church members attended the meetings anyway.
We should never go to prayer with the attitude, What am I going to get out of it? If we do that, whether we are a preacher of a layperson, we are wrong. Those ministers could not have been doing very much praying in tongues and feeding on the Word.
We cannot spend our time praying in tongues and fellowshipping with God without the very love and nature of God permeating our being. And the more we pray in tongues, the less selfish we will become and it will show up in our relationships with our fellow man.
As I said, tongues is the gateway into the supernatural in our Christian walk. There are wonderful blessing in store for believers who receive the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. And once you have had that initial experience, you continue to keep tongues a flowing stream in your life. To reach the potential we have in Christ for supernatural praying and supernatural living, we cannot neglect this precious gift of speaking in tongues.
Thank you for stopping by, precious reader! I trust you were mightily blessed! Blessings in abundance!! Juliana