The following excerpt is taken from Tongues Beyond the Upper Room by Kenneth E. Hagin:
Praying in Tongues Eliminates Selfishness in Prayer
If Christians took the time to analyze the prayers they pray with their understanding, they’d realize a large majority of those prayers are selfish. Too often their prayers are like the old farmer who always prayed, “God, bless me and my wife, my son John and his wife – us four and no more!”
Christians may not use those exact words, but if they would examine the sum of their prayers, they may see that the old farmer’s prayer represents the extent of their “praying with the understanding.” In other words, most of their prayer time is devoted to praying about matters that concern only themselves and their loved ones.
This leads us to another benefit or value of praying in tongues according to God’s perfect will. Since praying in tongues is Spirit-directed prayer, it eliminates the possibility of selfishness entering into our prayers.
When you pray out of your own mind, it is possible that your prayer may be unscriptural or selfish. And I don’t know if you realize this or not, but it is possible for you to pray out of your own natural way of thinking and actually change things that are not the will of God and not His best plan for you.
The Bible says there is a good, and acceptable, and a perfect will of God.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that GOOD, and ACEPTABLE, and PERFECT, will of God. (Romans 12:2)
If you persist in praying selfishly out of your own carnal thinking, you may find yourself asking for only the acceptable will of God, not His perfect will. On the other hand, we’ve seen that when you pray in the Spirit, you pray out the perfect will of God.
If God’s people pray and ask for things to be a certain way – even if it is not God’s best for them, nor His perfect will – God will often permit it.
…I don’t know about you, but I’m not satisfied with the permissive will of God or with His second best – I’m going after God’s best! That’s why I value so highly the gift of praying with other tongues. When I pray in tongues, I am fully assured that I’ve left behind all possibility of selfish praying. Thank God for the ability to pray out the perfect will of God.
Make a quality choice to pray in tongues more than ever these days. The Lord told me that if I would breakthrough in my calling; He would breakthrough in my circumstances. You can receive that for yourself! I believe that the first calling of everybody is to pray and that to pray from the position that is given to us by Jesus. We are seated at the right hand of the Father to pray, to bind and loose, to speak to mountains and to rule and reign over our circumstances.
The Choice is up to you!
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