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Praying in the Spirit: Some Marvelous Effects of Praying in the Spirit


All of us, as Christians, desire the will of God to be wrought in our lives and our churches. Mark 16:17 and 1 Corinthians 12:28, respectively, tell us that followers of the Lord Jesus may worship Him with a language that transcends cognitively assembled communications and that God has set in the Church the gift of tongues. Since Jesus prophesied the use of tongues and the Father set them in the Church, we would expect them to have value. Indeed, the testimony from around the world is that this special prayer language is edifying both to churches and individuals. Tongues as a symbol of the Holy Spirit’s penetration into our world are breaking down communication barriers, creating unity, enriching the spiritual lives of millions of Christians‑inspiring them to pray, evangelize, and study the Scriptures. These effects prove that the experience can be a selfless, others‑oriented experience and a phenomenon of which all Christians may partake.




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About the Author: Robert W. Graves, M. A. (Literary Studies, Georgia State University), is the co-founder and president of The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting Pentecostal scholarship through research grants. He is a Christian educator and a former faculty member of Southwestern Assemblies of God College in Waxahachie, Texas, and Kennesaw State University (adjunct). He edited and contributed to Strangers to Fire: When Tradition Trumps Scripture and is the author of Increasing Your Theological Vocabulary, Praying in the Spirit (1987 and Second Edition, 2017) and The Gospel According to Angels (Chosen Books, 1998).

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