Here’s a practical tip for receiving guidance from the Lord. Notice that 1 Corinthians 14:2 in the Amplified reads, For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding].
The Holy Spirit dwells in our human spirit. As the above verse reveals, when we pray in tongues or in the spirit, we are praying about things of which our minds are unaware; we are praying about secret truths and hidden things. 1 Corinthians 14: 14 reveals, For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive [it bears no fruit and helps nobody].
Since the Holy Spirit dwells in our spirit, when we pray in tongues, we are tapping into a resource of knowledge available from no other source. God is omniscient, that is, He knows everything that is to be known. And He dwells in our spirit! The answer to the issue of guidance in any area of life is inside of us by the Holy Spirit! We just need to learn how to draw it out!
1 Corinthians 2:11 reads, For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Here is how to practically apply all this to receive guidance.
When you have a decision to make, take some time each day to pray in the spirit about it. Take ten to twenty minutes to pray. Tell the Lord that you want to pray about this certain thing, and that you are seeking to know what to do. As you pray in the spirit, think about all various possibilities of what you could do one at a time. As you think about the various choices you could make in the matter one at a time while praying in tongues, what do you sense inside. Is there peace, or unrest or nothing! Just keep doing this day after day and eventually you’ll find where peace is in the decision.
Colossians 3:15 tells us to let the peace of God rule (Greek- be umpire or call the shots!) in our hearts. Romans 8:16 mentions the witness of the spirit. Follow this inward witness, or the peace of God when decision making. And you find where this peace is and what decision to make by praying in tongues about a matter until the way of peace shows up! Sometimes it takes longer than others, but you’ll always get the answer. Jesus said My sheep know My voice. Follow the inward witness! Take time pray in tongues! I’ll give some examples of this in my next blog.