ENTERING IN THROUGH TONGUES AND PRAYER
Prayer is a doorway to the Father. Jesus spoke of this and modeled it in His own life. It was a foundation for Him in communion with the Father. This was His alone time with God where He was refreshed and received His instructions of what the Father was saying and doing.
I pray in tongues a LOT. Sometimes it is whispers with punctuated loud breath (smile). Sometimes it is fast and loud in the car by myself. Sometimes it is just my normal voice with normal speaking tones as I am working around the house. In the middle of the night it is whispers without hardly any breath at all. When I walk in parking lots and stores, I have learned how to whisper under my breath in tongues without moving my lips. I am praying according to the will of God.
Matthew 6:6 But you, when you pray, enter into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.
Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Matthew 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
Rom 8:26-27 NKJV
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
There are many kinds of prayers and intercessors. There are loud prayers, soft prayers, silent prayers, whispered prayers, written prayers, singing prayers, instrument prayers, tongues prayers, groaning and yearning prayers, dancing prayers, banner prayers, living prayers and even wishful thinking prayers. I am sure there are even more kinds of prayers!! I believe that the Lord is so desperate for our prayers, that He turns most anything into a prayer, including our heart’s desires, when our hearts are turned toward Him.
Different styles of prayer can be likened to a teacher having different teaching styles. One style is similar to a salesman who talks AT the students. There’s a lecture with no pause for questions or response. It’s the same with prayer; this kind of prayer may be quite fluent and say a lot, but there isn’t a lot of pausing when the Lord can get a Word in edgewise. This is a one-way communication when the person talks and the Lord listens. One should not expect to hear the Lord during this kind of prayer. This is more for breaking through to be able to hear Him afterwards.
Another kind of prayer is like a teacher who talks WITH the students. Instead of standing at the blackboard, the teacher is out among the students perhaps sharing a bit, then pausing for the students to ask questions and give a response. It’s a two way process of communication and learning. And that process can be fun. It’s the same way with talking to the Lord, He also wants to participate and give a response.
Sometimes when I am going to sleep I feel very passionate about what I am praying. I whisper my prayers very intensely. I may be praying through groans and tears, and it is almost totally quiet. Sometimes in bed, I just think my prayers in hopes that the Lord will respond to me back in same fashion.
Most often, I pray outside that quiet time. If I have something on my mind, I don’t wait for the “prayer closet” opportunity to say it. My prayers are more like a conversation with Him. It doesn’t matter where I am, I just say it. (I mostly pray in my mind, because I’m not that much of a natural talker.) Often when I say something to Him, He will say some small Word or phrase back to me that can open up an entire scope of His answer. The Lord is an expert at saying powerful and simple punch lines that open all kinds of cross references and common denominators to my mind.
During the day, I may be speaking in tongues consistently, especially if I feel a heavy burden upon my soul or heart. Prayer meetings where all gather to speak in tongues is really powerful. Those times are always loud, powerful and dynamic when intercessors are all praying in tongues and in agreement as they rotate in taking the lead in English. The Lord’s Presence is strong and powerful. When I am by myself, most of the time I do not pray powerfully loud English prayers. I do pray out loud in tongues and English and receive some powerful breakthroughs, especially when I pray in the car or exercising with the music!! But when I am at home during the day, I pray mostly quiet prayers or silent communion prayers.
Wayne and I always pray together every night before we sleep. We pray over our loved ones and burdens of the day. And often when we are reading the news or something that concerns us, we will pray together at that time.