WHILE I WAS SLEEPING
Acts 2:3-4 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
For me, it was very difficult to receive my prayer language. I guess like many other people, I had been prejudiced against speaking in tongues because of things said by my parents and things I had heard in church growing up. I did not want to be called a “holy roller”, that was one of my hidden fears when I first came to Christ. In those early meetings I heard people worshipping and praying in tongues as well as giving messages from the Lord in tongues. I had a desire to receive that gift, I was just afraid of the stigma that went with it. I remember the first time I had hands laid upon me to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. I felt the incredible presence of the Lord come upon me, it was as if the whole room was filled with the wind of God. As soon as this presence came upon me, I heard a voice on the inside of me, “don’t receive this gift, it might be an evil spirit’. This thought, as well as the bad case of spiritual lockjaw that I received, kept me from tasting of that heavenly gift. For the next month I sought this experience to no avail. I enjoyed those services where everyone would be singing and harmonizing in those heavenly languages, but I apparently wasn’t receiving, I still had not received my prayer language.
I guess all of those services began to wear off on me, you know the anointing is tangible and transferable. That means if you hang around it long enough, sooner or later it will get on you. Then it happened! It didn’t happen like I expected. I didn’t receive in church or even in my private prayer time, I received my prayer language one night while I was sleeping, in a dream, when I awoke I was praying in other tongues. From that day to this (38 years ago at this writing) tongues have been a daily part of my life. I love to pray in tongues, it instantly reminds of two things, the supernatural nature of my Christian life and my utter dependency upon Him, even in my prayer life.
Have you been baptized in the Spirit, or better yet, are you currently filled with the Spirit? You see, being filled with the Spirit is more than something that happened to you once upon a time, it is the current spiritual condition of your soul. Are you currently baptized, or even better, saturated with the Spirit? Jesus is our heavenly high priest, He is the minister of the heavenly sanctuary. He has a heavenly ministry, and according to the prophet John, that ministry is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. So no need to wait any longer, let’s approach this throne of grace without fear and shame and step into the baptismal waters of the Holy Spirit.