Must Christians declare and know Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose, yet in order for this scripture to be true in the believers life we must back up a few verses or better yet read the whole chapter and apply all that is written therein.
Romans chapter 8
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
After reading this we can clearly see that all things will work together for the believer who prays in the spirit because the Holy Spirit prays the perfect will of God. The Holy Spirit prays through us according to the will of God.
Read whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 14.
1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
5 I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.
10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.
11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.
12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.
14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?
17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:
25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.
35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
~ When we read verse 34, some in church say that women should keep silent in church yet look closely, read carefully verses 33 - 40. PLEASE DO SO THIS SECOND! Paul said,"What?", referring to verse 34 implying this was NOT good. Paul was questioning the men and asking was this the word of God or was this the word of men to benefit only men? Clearly stating that if men think women should be silent in church (not joining in prayer) those men are ignorant. Even Jesus himself taught men, women and children on earth. Why change? If we add to or take away what Jesus has clearly done in his ministry we are not doing things, decently and in order.
In verse 14, "the sons of God " is referring to the mature children of God, ones who worship God in the spirit and in truth, these are the true child of God.
Jesus ministered to all people including men, women and children.
In closing Paul said let all things be done decently and in order which would further point out that forbidding others to speak in tongues is not God's will. The simple truth is God doesn't want women to keep silent and God certainly does not want only men praying in tongues but quite the opposite, God wants men, women and children praying in church as ONE. God is all about family, a family of ONE.
Clearly Paul is saying God is not the author of confusion but of peace to all saints and ALL MEANS ALL! ~
Many Christians (men, women and children) who pray in tongues (pray in the spirit) often are recharged, empowered and REFRESHED having a well spring of life in them to accomplish many things depending on how much time they pray in the spirit. Praying in the spirit is refilling the lamp. When we pray in the spirit much we are stirring up that gift within us and the Holy Spirit is the perfect gift.
After we speak in tongues (for some time) we can be led to sing in the spirit.
Ephesians 5:19 - Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
1 Corinthians 14:15 - What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
We should both pray in our known language and also pray in the spirit and sing in our known language and sing in the spirit. Often when we are led to sing in the spirit we are declaring our victory in a form of a spiritual song.
We read in 2 Timothy 1:6 - Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. The gift that Paul is referring to is the gift of the Holy Spirit. We are to stir up the Holy Spirit within us everyday.
In Matthew 6:33 we read, But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. When we read that scripture (like all scripture) we need to keep reading it over and over again and read it slowly. Take each word and seek the Holy Spirit and inquire in tongues to find out the deeper meaning to what God is saying to me today about this scripture.
Matthew 6:33 first word starts off with the word,"But" which means what I am about to say after this is most important. The next words are, "seek ye first the kingdom of God." The kingdom of God is within every born again believer and the kingdom of God, is God's way of doing things. The kingdom of God is God's character, his mind, heart, the core of his being which is his precious Holy Spirit. So when we really look at Matthew 6:33, we can clearly see that Jesus is saying, seek first the kingdom of God, seek first God's way of doing things, seek first the Holy Spirit, seek first the mind and heart of God, follow his words and do them and all the things you need from day to day will be added to you. God's way to doing things are not man's way.
When we pray in the spirit much we are building up our most holy faith. The book of Jude 1:2 says, But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. When we pray in the Holy Ghost, he (The Holy Ghost) will not give us faith (we do that by hearing the word of God) but we are building up the faith that already resides on the inside of us that we have read, chewed on previously. So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, (Romans 10:17) and we build up our faith by praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 1:2).
So then why is praying in the spirit so misunderstood? The devil doesn't understand the things of God so what he doesn't understand he will do his best to confuse. You see if the enemy does not know what you are praying, if he cannot interpret your tactics (God's divine plan for you), how can he defend against it? He can't. God made this heavenly language for his children to get instructions from God through the power of praying in the spirit/tongues.
The Holy Spirit is a person, the 3 part of the God head. The Holy Spirit has all knowledge of what, when, how, with whom and why we should do anything and everything and God has done this for our protection. He hides the instructions not from us but for us in the Holy Ghost. By praying in the spirit we are releasing hidden wisdom, heavenly commands, building up our most holy faith and basically being more God conscious than worldly conscious.
God says his ways are not our ways, they are higher than our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts, they are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). By praying in the spirit everyday we are tapping into higher thoughts, higher ways which are plainly God's thoughts and his way of doing things. We are receiving divine coded instructions from God the father though the Holy Spirit, Jesus intercedes on our behalf and we are praying exactly what God the father wants us to pray at that time, in that perfect way.
In other words praying in the spirit is the prayer in the New Testament. When we are praying the spirit, we are speaking divine mysteries – divine coded secrets hidden from the devil but hidden for you and I, the believer. Praying in the spirit lines us up with the timing of God, the plans of God, we become more focused on the famous words of the master Jesus," with men this is impossible but with God all things are possible."
The Holy Spirit is thee most important person to the believer. Without the Holy Spirit, a Christian cannot fulfill their God ordain assignment. Again if I be so blunt, without the Holy Spirit, a Christian has little power, little faith and most (if not all) of their prayers will not be God's perfect will, in his perfect timing (in his perfect plans). The Holy Spirit is a very important part of our growth and development through life and he is utterly invaluable to the believer on all levels without measure because the Holy Spirit holds the keys to every believers rights, power, wisdom and dominion over the enemy. The Holy Spirit unlocks our purpose in life. The Holy Spirit reveals our mission in life. The Holy Spirit empowers one to higher levels of revelation after receiving Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Getting saved is good. Receiving the Holy Spirit with the evidence of praying in tongues is another level of God's goodness. Why would one want to stay at one level of God's goodness?
Now we see why the devil wants Christians to be confused about praying in the spirit but if you are one who has been desiring God more in your life, desiring the things of God, desiring his heavenly language for you, you are at the right place at the right time. Please read further...
In the bible we read in Matthew 14;28 - And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water.” The Amplified bible says it this way - Peter replied to Him, “Lord, if it is [really] You, command me to come to You on the water.” Jesus was walking on the water and Peter asked Jesus if it be you Lord, bid me, tell me, command me to come to you on the water.
Some people give Peter a bad rap because he fell in the water yet many fail to remember that out of all the disciples, Peter was bold enough to ask Jesus could he come on the water with him and his faith caused him to be walking on water (something that is impossible in the natural) yet he was with the Lord Jesus of Nazareth by faith on the water. Again Peter was the only disciple at that time who walked on water because of his faith. He was bold enough to ask and Jesus boldly rewarded him with the word to come on the water with him.
Though Peter fell (which many people point out) he also was the only one who walk with Jesus on the water by faith. It is the same is with praying in tongues, we are praying and asking God to give us the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Faith is the only thing that pleases God. God is not moved by our need, he is moved by our faith. To have faith in God is to have faith in his word, faith in his Holy Spirit which he desires to give. We must have faith in him in every way to please him.
Praying in tongues is like walking on the water with Jesus by faith through the power of the Holy Ghost. Since we know that the just shall live by faith and we know that without faith it is impossible to please God, we need to settle this and boldly ask God for this precious gift which belongs to every believer and the good news is, if you already receive Jesus as you Lord and Savior this precious gift is already yours! AMEN! The Holy Spirit belongs to you and is waiting for you to come on the water in the form of praying in tongues.
If you truly desire to pray in tongues by faith pray this prayer boldly and loud enough for you for hear yourself...
Heavenly father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. Your word says, "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Jesus died for my sins, I receive this truth, I believe in Jesus and all that he has done for me and I desire all that he has planned for me. This is based on the book of Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:9. You said my salvation would be the result of your Holy Spirit giving me new birth by coming to live on the inside of me according to John 3:5-6, John 3:15-16 and Romans 8:9-11 and that if I would ask, you will fill me with your spirit and give me the ability to speak with other tongues according to Luke 11:13 and Acts 2:4.