Isaiah 28:11-12 For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, to whom He said “This is the rest with which you may cause the weary to rest,” and, “this is the refreshing”…
To combat stress and worry, anxiety and tension, people resort to many things such as tobacco, alcohol or sleeping pills. If you are a little more wealthy, you may start using harder substances, that will completely mask the symptoms of pain and stress, but only temporarily.
But whether hard or soft substances, the inevitable outcome is always worse – it's a lifestyle of addiction on top of the stress. It not only costs a great deal to your health, but it costs a lot of money and often, broken families.
God has another way of dealing with these things. It is powerful, costs you nothing and has no harmful side effects.
It is called the refreshing of the Holy Spirit. Specifically, Isaiah 28:11-12 is prophesying the gift of tongues that Jesus would give to the church.
There are several types of “Tongues” in the Bible. Some are gifts given to a few, but there is also the gift available to all believers, which is your personal prayer language. This is what Isaiah is prophesying.
Mary and I have counseled many people over the years who have been destroyed by all forms of addictions. In addition to counseling, we would always pray for them to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to receive the gift of this heavenly prayer language – speaking in tongues.
That’s because it can do what no amount of medication or counseling can do – it causes a peace, a rest to rise up within you. And when you pray consistently every day in this heavenly language you are building an internal wall of peace that protects you against fear, worry, and anxiety.
For the addict, praying in this tongue is compulsory. Addictions are cyclical and once the addict has a fix, there is a repetitive cyclical pattern that follows and it is only a matter of time for its claws to grip you once again. You are helpless on your own.
But this powerful prayer language will help you to build that inner wall of resistance and begin to transform the desires of your heart. Strong addictive desires are dissolved over time and replaced by the desires for the Lord.
Maybe you are not an addict to substances but you might be to fear and trouble. Once again praying regularly and consistently in your heavenly language will help you build that internal wall of resistance which dissolves away fears, worries, and desires of the flesh.
Philippians 4:6 says, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Praying consistently in your heavenly language is the way to deal with all these anxieties and worries – it is how you cast the care of every burden this world can throw at you.
It's called the Holy Spirit’s refreshing.