1 Corinthians 14:15
What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
What are you willing to do to be changed by God?
You say you want everything God has for you. You are even willing to do everything you know to do. Are you also willing to do things you don’t know? What happens when you have done all you know to do, and you are still not moving in a stronger place with the Lord? Well, if you are serious, you will try new things. Change happens in the presence of the Almighty. How do you get into His presence? If you are not sure here are some things you can do:
- Be honest with the Lord, He already knows anyway
Psalm 145:18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. (KJV)
- Read Scripture Aloud
2 Peter 1:21 No true prophecy comes from human initiative but is inspired by the moving of the Holy Spirit upon those who spoke the message that came from God. (The Passion Translation)
- Sing Him a Love Song
Psalm 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. (KJV)
- Speak in tongues
1 Corinthians 14:4a The one who speaks in tongues advances his own spiritual progress (The Passion Translation)
- Two-way Journaling
Jeremiah 30:2 “Thus speaks the Lord God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you. (NKJV)
- Meditate on the Lord
Psalm 119:15 I will meditate on Your precepts And [thoughtfully] regard Your ways [the path of life established by Your precepts]. (AMP)
- Focus on the Lord
Acts 2:25 This is the very thing David prophesied about him: ‘I continually see the Lord in front of me. He’s at my right hand, and I am never shaken. (The Passion Translation)
If praying with your understanding allows you to get to the next level, do it. If tongues will help you to purify your heart, then, speak in tongues. If you already pray in tongues, but only sometimes, pray more. If singing the Lord a song, meditating on the Lord, reading scriptures etc. transforms your life than what are you waiting on. The point here is, don’t allow anything, not being stuck in your old ways, not your biases nor those of anyone else, stop you from getting into the presence of the Lord or hinder your advancement in the things of God. The definition of insanity is to continue to do the same things and expect a different result. If your goal is to be in the presence of the Father and to be changed from glory to glory then you won’t let anything stop you from getting there. Not even you.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I thank You for the many ways I have access to You. I can speak in tongues and the Holy Spirit makes intercession for me. I can speak to You in the natural and make my requests known to You. I can pray the scripture and allow the word to govern my request to You. I can focus on you so that I come boldly before Your throne. I can sing You a song. I can even imagine walking with You in the cool of the day just like You did with Adam and Eve. I thank You for being able to worship You in tongues and with my understanding. I thank You because every pathway into Your presence is available to me. I will not allow anything or anyone to stop, redirect or put shackles on me. I will respond as I am moved by You. I will come to You with whatever request I want. I know You hear me. I know as I ask according to Your will, You will answer me and teach me how to celebrate Your answer. I want to be changed into Your image and I am willing to allow You to change me. I offer my life to You so that you can transform me into the image You were thinking when You created me…