Praying for Mysteries.
Allow me to give you an example from my own life, where the Holy Spirit warned me to pray about things in tongues before they happened. I was at a program in St. Louis in 1958, and I had returned to my hotel room after the service.
I tried to read a book, but I kept feeling a sense of unease. Eventually, I put the book down and began to pray. I asked, “Lord, what is it?” Remember, Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will not speak on His own.
“But whatever He hears, He will speak” (John 16:13).
This means you can expect the Holy Spirit to speak to you. He will certainly speak through the Word, as He is the author of the Word. But He will also speak within you when you pray in tongues. I kept asking the Lord, “What is this?” as I prayed the mysteries in the Spirit.
“For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit, he speaks mysteries (divine secrets).” 1 Corinthians 14:2
After a while, I had a sense that someone in my family was in physical danger, like an attack of illness. I immediately thought of my wife Oretha, as I was on a mission in another city, and she was at home. But as I continued to pray in tongues, I knew deep down that it wasn’t my wife.
I then thought of my two children, Ken and Pat. I prayed for each of them in tongues, and as I prayed, I knew that neither of them was in physical danger. Then I thought of my mother. When I began to pray in tongues for her, I knew that it was her I was praying for. That’s when the phone rang. It was my wife, and she said, “Ken, your mother is in the hospital.”
I replied, “It’s okay. I know. I’ve already been alerted, and I have the answer. The Holy Spirit told me she will be fine!” It’s good to be in control of the situation, isn’t it?
It is very beneficial to know the Holy Spirit through the new birth, but the baptism of the Holy Spirit adds to this blessing. God has also given us the opportunity to experience a greater measure of the Holy Spirit through the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
You see, the new birth is God’s introduction of His life and nature to the sinner. But the baptism of the Holy Spirit is God’s introduction of His supernatural power to His children. Praying for Mysteries.
This text is an excerpt from the book “The Power of Speaking in Tongues: Everything you want to know about Speaking in Tongues” written by Kenneth Erwin Hagin.
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