Jesus is our example. If he prays all-night sometimes, we should too. It however takes a high level of cooperation between your spirit soul and body to get the job done. You don’t want the words of Jesus: “the spirit is wiling but the flesh is weak” to refer to you (Matthew 26:41).
Are you ready for this high involvement of your spirit, because that is what an all-night of prayer means? I don’t know how to teach you to pray all-night without you being equipped already with the spiritual component called speaking in tongues.
Your laptop is equipped to run a lot of software but will only run the ones installed. You need to have installed in you the speaking in tongues component (I am assuming you are born again and already have the Holy Spirit as a seal [Ephesians 1:13]), through correct understanding in that regard, and faith action.
If you have read and believed all manner of negative stuffs that made you to be against speaking in tongues, the devil has you were he wants and this piece will not really benefit you.
Speaking in tongues is not demonic, though it can be if you asked the devil for his spirit. But if you ask God for the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ said that it is like a child asking the father for fish (Luke 11:1-13). The father would not give the child scorpion, which is a symbol of demons. Jesus Christ says we would be trample upon snakes and scorpions through his authority (Luke 10:18-19).
So free your mind from such objections. Once you ask for the Holy Spirit, believe you have received him, right there and then. Why? Because the Holy Spirit has been poured out already from heaven (Acts 2:1-4); on asking to receive the Holy Spirit, believe you receive the utterance of speaking in unknown tongues, and open your mouth in faith, speaking those words out, those unlearn, beyond natural understanding words/syllables. That becomes the token of faith on your end, activating a new experience of the Holy Spirit in your life called the baptism in the Spirit.
Perish the thought that God only gives certain people, the “gift” of speaking in tongues. Reading Acts chapter 19:1-12, does not give the impression that speaking in tongues is for a selective few, and it shows that the immediate evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues.
And the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an event, not a process, which follows the experience of salvation, since Paul asked the twelve disciples who received the Holy Spirit through his ministry in Acts 19, if they have received the Holy Spirit, since they believed?
Speaking in tongues makes praying all-night cheap because the burden of looking for what to say, for hours on end, it done away with. Read 1Corinthians 14: 2, 4, 14-15, 18, Jude 1:20 and Ephesians 6:18, to understand that speaking in tongues all-night saying syllables that seems to sound alike is more than it looks.
Once we have settled the issue of the necessity of being activated in the verbalisation of unknown tongues then we come to the area soul. At least the soul has three components: the mind, will and emotions.
With the mind, you need to have the full grasp of the advantages that will accrue from an all-night event of personal prayer; if you are somebody who thinks that the length of time spent in the prayer is not important, just the quality, it means that you are not ready for an all-night of personal prayer. Can your prayer have more quality that Jesus’? He however entered into the all-night prayer thingy.
In the mind, you must fully realise that an extended time of prayer, is not because you have a special need but because you are in love with Jesus, and would want to be with him in prayer. Period! Any other kind of motivation will not do, on the long run. An all-night of prayer should be because you want to have an extended time of fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and that as you speak in tongues in that time, you will be spiritually built-up, just as Paul and Jude declared.
What about your will? There are things competing for our attention. You know that it is possible to be before the television all-night being entertained, so why not being before God in prayer all-night? Sometime it boils down to your choice. You can attest to the fact that if you want to do something, you will, even if it is to stay up all-night. Have you ever stayed up all-night due to an emergency situation? You should see prayer as an emergency.
Peter wrote that we need to programme our mind for effectiveness in prayer (1Peter 4:7). Set out on it with all the will power, giving it all the seriousness it demands because of the times we are in. Jude warned that to not fall into the prevailing error of the times, we must build up ourselves on our most holy faith praying in the Holy Spirit.
What if in the course of praying all-night, after only two hours, you fall asleep? Don’t let that bother you; it is the training of your will in process. Rome was not built in a day. But it won’t be built at all, without some tenacity.
Your will was used to sleeping all-night, now you should train it to pray all-night. Body does not have a choice but to follow your will. It may act up, like the case of sleeping off after two hours, but eventually it will break, like a wild horse.
That is why the first thing after the tool of speaking in tongues is ready is to be thoroughly convinced of praying all-night. You can only embark on the journey with total conviction, which is what your “will” would feed on the journey. Conviction is the food of the will.
Note that I never said praying all-night has any spiritual significance. Jesus never said so. At night, everyone who have been disturbing him all day seeking for his attention had succumbed to nature, are all asleep. He uses that opportunity to pray to God, for a personal time between him and his father.
Don’t let anyone becloud your mind concerning certain Jewish practices of observances of hours in prayer. What you need to draw near to God is faith (Hebrews 11:6), not a special place or time, which was what Jesus told the Samaritan woman he met at a well (John 4:19-24).
In an all-night of payer you need to have the joy of the Holy Spirit bubbling in you, making you excited about the time you are spending in the presence of God. The bible says that in the presence of God there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). You are joyful because you know your spirit is engaging with the Holy Spirit and your life will never remain the same.
You may ask, “what if I am tired, how ‘am I going to pray all-night long?” Tiredness is irrelevant; it is conviction beyond a shadow of doubt. Your body will surprise you at what it can handle, once you take up your role as its driver, once you know what you are doing, and are focused.
Paul said: I put my body under (1Corinthians 9:27), meaning, “I cause it to do what I want it to.” Come to think of it, Jesus ministered, talked to people all day, and sometimes prayed all-night afterward. He was a very busy man, in the day, which was why he prayed all-night, for some, being very busy is the reason they can’t pray all-night. It’s all about priority. And Jesus admonished us: men ought always to pray and not to faint (Luke 18:1).
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