felt.„When times have been tough,‟ she said, 'just praising God, even when I do not know what
I am saying or I don't know what to say, has given me a sense of peace and knowledge that God
is in control of every situation.'
Even those who had been walking in the Spirit for many years found the exercise challenging.
Ben had been praying in tongues for over a decade and did not think he would find the exercise
difficult or unusual. He enjoyed praying in tongues and had used it a great deal in his personal
prayer life but without any deliberate or intentional setting aside of time just to pray in tongues.
But, „within the first few days of beginning this prayer exercise, I found myself confronted with
a terrible thing: my own lack of prayerfulness. It came as a shock to me to realise that
deliberately setting aside ten minutes to pray in tongues was far more difficult than I imagined
it would be. I've had to humble myself before the Lord and call upon him in a new and fresh
The discipline of praying regularly with the Spirit was illustrated by Andrew's comment that
initially he found the exercise difficult because he thought that much of what he was doing was
'in the flesh.' However looking back he wrote,„I can see the benefits and I intend on continuing
in my own devotions. It was like putting my faith into action as I spoke aloud and I was able to
sense the presence of God in my life in a more tangible way.‟
Surprising and profound
Beverley felt uncomfortable and embarrassed when she first began to speak in tongues. She
admitted this to God and told him she was willing to do it anyway. Since then, she reported, 'the
value of praying with the spirit has been both surprising and profound.' The results included
peace, calmness, spiritual insight, spiritual growth, greater intimacy with Jesus, more effective
prayer and a positive change in her general temperament, after a bout of sickness. Colin was
delighted with the benefits, 'Firstly,' he said without any qualification, 'it revolutionised my
prayer life.‟ He found a greater appreciation of the character and nature of God and saw
intercessions for others being answered in a significant way. He gained new insights into
Scripture, witnessed more effectively and became bolder in exercising other spiritual gifts.
Lorene reported 'an overwhelming feeling of contentment' - the Lord was so close she felt as if
she could reach out and touch him. Interestingly, while she was praying with the spirit, she
found her mind actually became clearer and her praying more purposeful.
Matt stated that God's loving kindness was more real to him and that praying in tongues
strengthened him in times of spiritual warfare.
Gary realised he had been used to feeding his flesh, but not his spirit. This exercise redressed
the balance and while he prayed in tongues, God opened his eyes relating to his lifestyle. He
also felt a greater compassion for the needy.
Morris recalled how he had always found it hard to join in with singing with the spirit in his
church, but now he could do so enthusiastically. He no longer felt 'left out.'
Ivan struggled with the normal doubts - 'is it just me making it up?' - and distractions, but when
he actually undertook this exercise, 'somehow' his will was under control and he was better able