My family and I have always been big Bear Grylls fans. We were so excited to see his new show “Running Wild” come out that we recorded a season pass not to miss a moment of the action. The best two so far for me have been Zac Efron and his openness about recovery and my latest favorite is the one with Deion Sanders. Not the hilarious part where he runs from the snake squealing like a girl. I was so happy to see that they did not edit or cut out the part where he is overcome with some fear over climbing the mountain and he says he needs a moment to pray. He does not just lift up a little canned prayer or a quick Lord Help Me, no, not at all. Deion begins to pray in the Spirit. He prays in his heavenly prayer language and it is all captured for Prime Time television.
As a person that did not believe in this sort of stuff for many years, I was overjoyed now. Let me take you back to my experience.
Years ago my dad and I would make fun of the whole talking or praying in tongues. We did not believe it was real. All I knew was that it was called talking or praying in tongues. I thought it was a made up practice for those really far out there religious freaks. When I came back to The Lord in 2006 after living a life of doing religion and not wanting anything to do with God for a time, and now learning about a relationship with Jesus, I dived deep into my bible and into learning all I could. I had never really read the Bible before. I was stunned to see there were so many translations and that I could actually understand it. I also found great Bible teachers out there. Not wanting to shake things up too much we left the Catholic religion and joined a Bible based church for years before joining a Spirit filled church. I was memorizing and declaring scripture over my life and God delivered me during that time from a smoking addiction and that just made me want more and more of His power working in my life. I had never heard of The Holy Spirit living inside of you. I had no clue about Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I remember thinking that was so cool and why had I never heard of this. I was not so freaked out by the speaking in tongues phenomenon thing now, so I decided that maybe some really do have it and some don’t. It just was not for me. Fast forward to several years later. I had become a mighty prayer intercessor. I prayed daily. I prayed all the day long while going about my day. I was growing in The Lord but I still was convinced tongues were not for me.
I was at my wits end on a subject and felt that God was just ignoring me. I did not even know how to pray so out of frustration I begin praying out loud and I thought my tongue got tied up and a strange word slipped out. I was startled and thought, that is weird. I did not give it much thought until about 6 months later I was reading my bible in Genesis 16. I came across the story of Sarah and Hagar, and the point when Hagar had run away. The next verses I read were:
So she called the name of the Lord Who spoke to her, You are a God of seeing, for she said, Have I [not] even here [in the wilderness] looked upon Him Who sees me [and lived]? Or have I here also seen [the future purposes or designs of] Him Who sees me? Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi [A well to the Living One Who sees me]; it is between Kadesh and Bered. (Genesis 16:13-14 AMP)
When I sounded out the word Beer-lahai-roi I instantly was taken back to that time that the strange word slipped out of my mouth. I ran to my commentary to find out what it meant. Simply it meant, THE GOD WHO SEES.
Instantly I knew that God had definitely seen my situation and answered our prayers even though I had not thought of that strange word slip till there it was again in my Bible in this story of Hagar. I began studying Glossolalia, the proper word for this phenomenon. I was curious about it. Then some friends and I bought The Baptism of the Holy Spirit teaching by Joyce Meyer. It was weeks after that conference that I finally listened to the teaching while running on my treadmill. At the end, Joyce encourages you to stop, put your hands up and ask The Lord to fill your mouth with your heavenly prayer language. So I stopped the treadmill, raised my hands, asked The Lord to fill my mouth…..a few seconds later some stuff slipped out. It kind of startled me and I thought, that is strange. Then I closed my eyes and did it again. This time I was speaking some strange language and it just kept flowing. I thought, hmmm this is strange; I will keep this to myself for a while. I started noticing when I would sense the need to pray my throat would get a burning sensation.
For weeks and months following I could not wait for my family to leave each morning so I could start praying. I prayed and prayed and had no clue what I was saying. I then started to get a sense of a situation, not necessarily a person, some days a person, but mostly situations that I would have to pray about. I knew that God was having me pray in this prayer language because I needed to get out of my own head and let Him pray perfect prayers through me interceding for my friends and family. Another thing about praying in the spirit or praying in tongues is that it edifies you. God is building you up in your spirit and strengthening you. Boy was God’s timing perfect. It was my Prime Time moment for prayers. I had a lot going on in my life. My husband’s work hours and commute kept him away from home about 16-17 hours a day. I was raising my teenage twins basically solo during the week. My mom and twin sister were having lots of health issues, and I had lost some family members to cancer. I know that I would not have survived it all without this prayer language. It is powerful and amazing. I don’t even think those words do justice to adequately describe it. I laugh sometimes and think, boy my dad would be shocked, but he is in Heaven so I am sure God already filled him in on it too and he has his language.
I was fearful to share it with my family for a while, but they were all very open about it and not freaked out a bit. I shared it with more close friends and they too did not seem to mind. I found that God brought other people in my life that also experience and have this gift so it helps to not feel like you are going crazy, that it is a real true thing. Even ABC Nightline did a report on it. See it here http://youtu.be/NZbQBajYnEc
They showed that the brain area where speech is generated is bypassed or diminished when someone is speaking in tongues. So really someone else is praying through them. That someone is the Holy Spirit, praying His will and Perfect prayers through you building you up to withstand the blows of life better. I was a non-believer for many years. I am 100% a believer and know for a fact it is true and not something made up. I pray almost daily still in my prayer language and it has changed my life.
Many scholars may disagree and spin it to fit their doctrines, I get that, and I did it for many years. Not everyone believes or agrees, but I know differently based on my own personal experience.
Here are a few verses from the Bible on this subject to check out for yourself. I won’t try to convince you; I will let God do that. Ask Him and He will fill you in and fill your mouth!
But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit. ~Jude 1:20
For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don’t understand what I am saying. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:14
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. ~Romans 8:26
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)
XXOO Michelle Bollom