PRAYER SPEEDS UP SETTLEMENT
Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
to a city where they could settle.
PRAYING IN TONGUES PLUS INTERPRETATION EQUALS PROPHECY
1 Corinthians 14:5
I wish you could all speak in tongues, but even more I wish you could all prophesy. For prophecy is greater than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets what you are saying so that the whole church will be strengthened.
PRAYING IN TONGUES IS REST FOR THE WEARY
For with stammering lips and another tongue
He will speak to this people,
To whom He said, “This is the rest with which
You may cause the weary to rest,”
And, “This is the refreshing”;
Yet they would not hear.
PRAYER IN TONGUES DOES NOT HAVE TO MAKE SENSE TO THE HUMAN MIND – GOD IS COMPLETELY HAPPY AND UNDERSTANDS
1 Corinthians 14:14
For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive [it bears no fruit and helps nobody].
PRAYING IN TONGUES IS SELF HELP
1 Corinthians 14:4
He who speaks in a [strange] tongue edifies and improves himself, but he who prophesies [interpreting the divine will and purpose and teaching with inspiration] edifies and improves the church and promotes growth [in Christian wisdom, piety, holiness, and happiness].
PRAYING IN TONGUES FACILITATES ACCURATE THANKSGIVING
1 Corinthians 14:17a
For you indeed give thanks well.
PRAYING IN TONGUES IS satan PROOF
1 Corinthians 14:2
For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding].
PRAYER IS A SPIRITUAL POWER GENERATOR
Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].
PRAYER HAS GOD HIS EAR ATTENTIVE TO OUR PRAYERS
1 John 5:14
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
PRAYER IS ABLE TO BRING WISDOM
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.