Yesterday afternoon (which still feels like today for me… gotta love Night Watch), Corey Russell came and spoke at our APP practicum class. He exhorted us to spend more time daily praying in tongues. One thing he said particularly struck me: “Praying in tongues is key to the apostolic.”
Now there’s a bold statement.
To support this point, he directed us to Paul’s somewhat blunt remark in 1 Corinthians 14:18 – “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all.”
By golly, if it was good enough for the apostle Paul, then it’s good enough for me. It’s hard to argue with a man who church-planted like crazy, saw thousands of people saved, raised people from the dead, and wrote most of the New Testament.
I’ve got a long way to go before I can show Paul up as far as how much I pray in tongues — goodness, I’ve got an incredibly long way to go before I can even show Corey up — but that little sermonette really provoked me to be more intentional about praying in the Spirit. Sure, I do it, but there’s so much farther I could go with it.
Since I’m relatively prone to put stuff off and intend to get to it “someday,” I knew I would need some help and a very specific schedule.
So what did I do? I did what any red-blooded core leader would do. Rope the interns into it.
I pitched the idea to them last night in our burn team briefing. The plan is we’re going to start meeting a half-hour early for our prayer room time on Fridays. Once we’re there, we’ll just pray in the Spirit, Bible and journal at the ready, listening to what the Lord may have to say. We’re going to keep meeting over these next three months and just see what the Lord does.
Almost all of them jumped into the idea with a lot of enthusiasm. I’ll have at least four or five ladies praying with me in that room, with the other three to join us at our normal briefing time. I can’t wait to see what God does with our little group…