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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14:1-2

1 Corinthians 14:1-2 says, “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” The Greek word for “mysteries” is moos-tay-re-on. Moos-tay-re-on is a very broad word that includes everything about the realm of the Spirit. Any questions we have about the mysteries of God and how the Kingdom works we can seek answers by praying in tongues. Praying in tongues gives us greater access to the Spirit, Who created everything. Walking with God is the process of learning how His Kingdom impacts and changes the natural world. We are supposed to live in the world but not be of the world which means our growth and development in the Spirit is absolutely essential. Every single one of us have been given a Divine Paraclete who is called alongside to help, but it is up to us to pray and walk in the Spirit. If we do not pray in tongues we will probably not get the revelation of God’s mysteries. How much about God do we want to know? How much are we willing to live not knowing? How much of a deep and abiding relationship with our Creator do we desire? Are there spiritual principles that would change parts of our lives? Are there mysteries that, once revealed, could change things significantly? I suspect there are, but these mysteries are not revealed by happenstance. We have to choose to pray in the Spirit, pray in the Spirit, pray in the Spirit. Mysteries revealed are not so much an issue of chance as an issue of obedience. We are told to pray in tongues because it brings us into the fullness of what God has ordained for us. Maybe it is much more up to us than we have previously thought it was – perhaps more of an issue of pursuit and choice and perhaps not praying in the Spirit is keeping us from a fullness of the Spirit that God has ordained for every single believer. We need to choose by faith to do this, whether we are interested or sold on it or not.