Rest and Refreshing
For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, To whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,” and, “This is the refreshing”…(Isaiah 28:11-12). Perhaps you’ve had the experience of taking a vacation with your family only to come back more exhausted than before! True rest starts within. Praying in other tongues provides a rest for the believer that can come in no other way. One of my professors in the first Bible school I attended in South Carolina gave a personal illustration that challenged me to take time to pray in tongues every day. As a student in college he worked in a factory to fund his education. He would attend school and afterwards work a full shift in the factory. After work he had to study for the next day and would be so exhausted from the day’s activities that he could hardly concentrate. He said he began to pray in the spirit after work and before his study time and to his amazement, a refreshing would rise up within him that enabled him to study without overdue fatigue. There is a truth here that we need to act upon. Though our bodies are getting older, our inward person, our spirit, can be renewed each day! Praying in the spirit energizes your spirit. It edifies and builds you up. Jude says we are to build our selves up on our most holy faith by praying in tongues. A.B. Simpson, the founder of the Christian Missionary and Alliance denomination, made this statement which I believe is true, “All physical strength is spiritual in cause.” Isaiah says that when we wait on the Lord we renew our strength! Energy for living begins in the spirit of man. I love how the Living Paraphrase translates Isaiah 40:29, He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak. If you’re like me, you exhaust yourself with your daily activities. Take some time each day to pray in tongues and receive the refreshing that the Lord has for you. I take time each morning after Bible reading to pray in the spirit. It‘s a great way to start the day with rest and refreshing. Add praying in the spirit to your daily life and you too will see an increase in strength!