PROPHECY and TONGUESJune 27, 2020
Daily Prayer for June 27th, 2020 ¬† ¬†
Good morning, God‚ÄĒthank you!! ūüôā
‚ÄúEmpty me of me and fill me with you,‚ÄĚ God. Please help me to pursue love, always. I desire spiritual gifts. When I speak or sing in tongues, I am talking to you, uttering mysteries in the Spirit. Please build me up. Teach me to prophesy so that I can encourage others and comfort them the way that you comfort me. Let me remember to always pray in tongues. In Jesus‚Äô name. Amen.
1 Corinthians 14¬† ESV
Prophecy and Tongues
14¬†Pursue love, and¬†earnestly desire the¬†spiritual gifts, especially that you may¬†prophesy.¬†2¬†For¬†one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.¬†3¬†On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their up-building and encouragement and consolation.¬†4¬†The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.¬†5¬†Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but¬†even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.
6¬†Now, brothers,¬†if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some¬†revelation or knowledge or prophecy or¬†teaching?¬†7¬†If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played?¬†8¬†And¬†if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?¬†9¬†So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be¬†speaking into the air.¬†10¬†There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning,¬†11¬†but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be¬†a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me.¬†12¬†So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
13¬†Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.¬†14¬†For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.¬†15¬†What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also;¬†I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will¬†sing with my mind also.¬†16¬†Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say¬†‚ÄúAmen‚ÄĚ to¬†your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying?¬†17¬†For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up.¬†18¬†I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.¬†19¬†Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
20¬†Brothers,¬†do not be children in your thinking.¬†Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be¬†mature.¬†21¬†In the Law it is written,¬†‚ÄúBy people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.‚ÄĚ¬†22¬†Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign[c]¬†not for unbelievers but for believers.¬†23¬†If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter,¬†will they not say that you are out of your minds?¬†24¬†But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all,¬†25¬†the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so,¬†falling on his face, he will worship God and¬†declare that God is really among you.
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