One of the things that impacted me from the 2010 Hope North American camp that just concluded in Los Angeles is “Praying in the Spirit.” There is real power in praying in tongues. 1 Cor 14:18-19 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
That’s amazing! The foremost theologian and the foremost apostle of all time said he thanks God that he speaks in tongues more than all of us! And here we are, the body of Christ divided over speaking in tongues. There is power in speaking in tongues.
After the NA Camp, I started praying in tongues more seriously, and I feel edified as the scriptures says: 1 Cor 14:4-54 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
Therefore I will keep doing that in private as much as possible. I know that Cho Yongi, the pastor of Yoida Church of Korea, (the laregst church in the world at 800,000 members) said that the most powerful thing he has is praying for hours daily before God. We are always looking for a model for growth, and here it is, a humble servant of God, primarily basing his church on a “prayer” model .
In the book of Acts 2, Acts 1:14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women, Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. That’s what they did just before the moment the Lord poured out the Holy Spirit upon them and they all were baptized in the Holy Spirit!
Constantly in prayer. Joined together. See those words! Harvest won’t come and the power of God won’t be released without intense prayer. Jesus prayed all the time. He got up early in the morning to pray daily. The apostles prayed constantly and the Lord visited them by the mighty rushing wind and tongues of fire with tongues! Next it was full of sign and wonders and miracles!
I believe God will break open the flood gates of New York City once we pray hard enough together and in unity in Spirit! We can tear down the spiritual stronghold of the enemies. God will pour out His Holy Spirit upon Hope New York Church! And New York City! Let us pray for the city!