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HE KNOWS WHAT YOU HAVE NEED OF, but do you know what He needs? He needs you. He worked His plan of salvation from before the foundation of the world and across the ages in order to spend time with you. To have one-on-one. He wanted you to call on Him. But He wanted you to hear His voice and know Him intimately. He wanted you to hunger for His Word. He longs for you to pray. But communication is a two-way street. You are not truly communicating unless both parties are speaking.
How is He speaking? What does His voice sound like? Well, He can be an earthquake. He can be a mighty wind or a gentle breeze. He can speak in tongues of men and angels. He is often the still, small voice. But in all of these manifestations, we must be aware of Him.
I decided a month ago to become more aware and did what I’d heard someone else did in her morning devotions. I pictured Him as being with me, as a Father figure who walked beside me when I went places, as being there “in the flesh” when I was driving to work or church. This changed my point of view forever. I discovered by expecting Him to speak, by seeing Him as with me, I could hear Him much better. I heard Him more often.
I pray in the Spirit all throughout the day. Jude 1:20 says we build up ourselves, we edify or uplift ourselves, by praying in the Holy Ghost. Praying in tongues bypasses the mind and comes from the spirit. It is words of the Holy Spirit spoken from our spirit directly to God, perfectly in line with His will. And the best part, the enemy has no idea what we’re saying!
God can speak our native language, but when we speak His, we speak mysteries, and just as our native language carries authority, every word we speak in our Holy Spirit language brings things to pass. By praying in other tongues, we speak the perfect heart of God. You actually can’t mess it up!
There are authors who have successful book or television series which include languages fictional characters speak, and readers who love those stories will learn the languages and speak them to likeminded people. Why wouldn’t the God of heaven and earth, who sent His Son to die for us, have a language just for us, one that takes us directly to His throne?
Here is amazing victory. Not only did He defeat the enemy through His death and Resurrection, but He can speak to us without the devil knowing what we’ve said. This is triumph.
1 Corinthians 14:14-15 says, “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.”
Our generous, loving God has made a way for us to overcome. He delights in both words from our understanding and our words in the spirit. He adores our adoration in well-known songs. He loves our praises spoken from the thanksgiving in our heart. But what He hungers for, what He wants is for us to spend time with Him. He wants us to share our days, every hour from dawn to dusk, in continual communication, connected every moment to His voice and to His heart.
Jesus came to draw all men unto Him. To show us the Father and give us the power of the Spirit to live successful, abundant lives. The Comforter lives with us to connect us to God, but that connection being available requires us to seek Him, and in seeking we will find everything we could ever wish and hope for. And so does He.
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but THE SPIRIT ITSELF MAKETH INTERCESSION FOR US with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because HE MAKETH INTERCESSION FOR THE SAINTS ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.” (Romans 8:26-27)
We are spirit, soul, and body.
- “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole SPIRIT AND SOUL AND BODY be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
- “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of SOUL AND SPIRIT, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
Suzanne D. Williams, Author