Journal of Joy ~ HIS Way Communication ~ June 1987
Sitting on the edge of the queen-size bed, I was making a phone call in a bedroom of the home where I was attending an evening Bible Study, in Sweet Home, Oregon. This is the era of when phones were attached to a wall with a cord, mobile phones had not yet arrived on the scene. The man leading the study and prayer meeting walked down the hall. When he passed the door to the bedroom where I was making the call he raised his hand toward me pronouncing, “It is time!” and then continued walking down the hall, and without speaking another word, returned to the living room where everyone was gathered. Without warning, as though some unknown force pushed me, I slammed backwards onto the bed with my hands raised to heaven speaking a language I had never heard before (John 4:23-24). The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 5:18, And do not get drunk with wine for that is dissipation but be filled with the Spirit.
Totally alone in the room, I was pressed to the bed by a supernatural force. Although my mind was fussing about the time and that I needed to be on the road driving to pick up my children at their grandparents, in Coburg, Oregon. Yet, the presence of God hovered over me. The atmosphere was holy, divine, sacred and timeless. It was like entering into a complete and perfect Sabbath rest, absent of anxiety and stress. My spirit remained one with the heavenly realm as I purposed to embrace and receive all that HE had prepared for me. The hovering of HIS presence held me for about twenty minutes and then I was released to arise.
It is God’s will and purpose for each of us to pray in the language of His Holy Spirit. The language in which I was praying was foreign to me (Acts 2:4). Although, I had taken a Spanish class in high school, I knew I was not speaking Spanish. HIS peace permeated my being as fear, stress, insecurity and anxiety melted away. HIS Presence left me awestruck and completely speechless!
Although I had heard other people pray in this manner, I had pretty much purposed that it was not ever going to happen to me. My mind wandered back to an earlier time in my life. Again, I was attending a home Bible study and prayer meeting as a teenager. Stan Glick, my best friend's dad, came over and prayed for me to “receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). I remember thinking at the time, “Not me.” Twenty years later, when I was more willing to receive, this man’s faithful righteous prayers were answered (1 John 5:14-15).
Sometime during the last few years, without me really noticing the transformation, my prayer language has become my first language and English has become my second. One day while standing in front of the slow-moving fax machine at my place of employment, I was unconsciously praying audibly in my spiritual language. A coworker walked by and exclaimed, “What language is that? Chinese?” Laughter hummed through me. Quickly I remarked, “I’m not really sure.” She had returned to her workstation by the time I had ended my sentence. Many times throughout the day, I chuckled over my Chinese language.
Now years later, conversing with my Heavenly Father in the prayer language HE gave me and communicating with HIM in the way He chooses is a priceless treasure to me (1 Corinthians 14:15). Experientially, I find that HIS peace and presence provide a more concise and clear understanding of HIS communication when I pray without ceasing in my first language. Discernment, comprehension, and clarity are immediately available. Jesus said in John 10:4, When He puts forth all His own, He goes before them, and the sheep follow Him because they know His voice.
During a ministry trip to Mexico, the Holy Spirit returned to me full use of the Spanish language while ministering on the streets. It was a supernatural impartation for that particular time, as we were sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit anointed me with the gift of evangelism as I was talking with complete strangers, something I would not normally do. And then I would pray for them in Spanish and they could understand every word, which was a complete miracle.
In another season, while in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at a conference, a woman from Columbia, South America came up to me to inquire about the Glory Rings. She was very emotional over the Lion of Judah Glory Ring, crying uncontrollably as she embraced the Glory Ring. As I could not understand a single word she said, I began praying in my spiritual language. After a few minutes, her interpreter/translator came over and explained that she could understand every word that I prayed even though I could not understand anything she said. This was a complete miracle.
There are over 6900 spoken languages on the earth and God, our Father knows them all. It is HIS passionate desire to communicate and be in relationship with HIS people. PAPA God, ABBA, ADONAI will go to great lengths to make sure HIS message of unconditional love reaches HIS creation.