Anyone who has the Holy Spirit and has prayed in tongues knows how you feel during and afterward – you feel lifted up, comforted and “high spirited.” This is because you are being edified when you pray this way.
This is supported by 1 Corinthians 14:4: “He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself…” Another translation says, “builds himself up.” Webster defines edifying as building up in Christian knowledge; improving the mind in faith and in holiness. Jude 1:20 states: “…my loved ones, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.”
My research on this subject was brought on through an assignment for our praise team: we had to state a goal or change we wished to see come to pass. I wasn’t happy with us not “entering in” while we were on stage. How can we help the congregation enter in if we haven’t, yet? As leaders, we should already be in that place.
the power in prayer
So, I suggested pre-worship prayer. I don’t believe it to be convenient, but more of a necessity. I understand we can sometimes bring in some of our issues to worship and hinder God’s direction and the worship of the congregation. Everyone is guilty of doing this – myself included. But, these worries and troubles can be “comforted” by the Spirit of God. As defined by Webster, a comforter is one who strengthens and supports the mind in distress or danger. As the Holy Spirit is our comforter (John 14:26:“But the comforter, Which is the Holy Ghost…”), we can push these stressful thoughts to the side and be comforted by God’s Spirit. James 3:4-5 says, “Look at ships! They are so big that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are steered by a tiny rudder wherever the helmsmen directs. In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body.”
I see this type of edification in organized sports as well. Much as the body of Christ congregates in a church. Similarly, athletes become a united body and get hyped-up prior to their athletic event. Since our praise team is indeed an organized team (much like organized sports) and this type of motivation and building up is a biblical and worldly principle – it obviously works!
Although this was a praise team assignment, and my paper was directed toward us, do not think it is limited to us. This principle is applicable to everyone.
–By Joshua Mosley, Bass Player on the Harvest Barn Church Praise Team