SPEAKING IN TONGUES & THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Written by Sandy Warner
In this file:
1) What does speaking in tongues accomplish? (Why speak in tongues)
2) My personal experiences
3) Speaking in tongues in deliverance
4) How speaking in tongues works
5) The scriptural history of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
6) Prayers and counsel to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
7) Scriptures and Greek meanings
1) WHAT DOES SPEAKING IN TONGUES ACCOMPLISH?
(Words with scriptures in parenthesis are recorded in the Greek study at the end of this file.)
Constructs and confirms the house of God within you. (Edify; 1 Cor 14:4)
Releases the dynamite power of God within you. (Power; Acts 1:8)
Submerges you as though fully wet and covered in the spiritual liquid of His Presence. (Baptize; Matt 3:11)
Puts lightning upon your head (Fire; Matt 3:11)
Hugs and embraces you with His Presence (Fell; Acts 11:15)
Pours out upon you as a gift (Poured out & Gift; Acts 10:45)
Intercedes, prays for you (Comforter; John 14:26)
Gives you boldness (Boldness; Acts 4:31)
Supplies & furnishes what you need (Filled; Acts 2:4)
Teaches you and causes you to learn (Teach; John 14:26)
Recalls to memory (Remembrance; John 14:26)
Speaks a secret or mystery in the spirit (Mystery; I Cor 14:2)
Follows as a sign (Sign; Mark 16:17-18)
Protects from satan (Snakes and Not hurt; Mark 16:17-18)
Builds faith (Building Faith; Jude 20-21)
Petitions for the saints (Supplication; Eph 6:18)
2) MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES
When people receive the gift of speaking in tongues, not everyone receives in the same way. For myself, I went to kids camp in my teens and was prayed over to receive what they called the "Baptism of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 1:5) I was supposed to feel the Holy Spirit come upon me, then speak in tongues. I felt nothing when they prayed. I was expecting some bolt of lightening to come down from the sky and hit me in a whoosh of the Holy Spirit. But they simply prayed, and I simply thanked Jesus like they told me to do.
However, an hour later as I lay in my bunk bed, little foreign sounding syllables popped into my mind. So, I spoke them with my head under the pillow. It was one sentence. My counselor told me that could happen, and to be faithful to practice my new language and it would grow. So that is what I did. I spoke my one sentence faithfully for about a year! To this day, I still remember that sentence.
Then one day I was driving to school singing a popular love song along with the radio, and the second verse was sung in French. So I started singing my own pretend "French" to the words. By the end of the song, I had a complete and wonderful language, only I didn't know it! However, every time I sang that song I would sing it in my "pretend language" even when they were singing in English. It sounded so beautiful I didn't want to sing it in English. Then one day I started singing other popular love songs of the day in the same way. Then the realization hit me, I was doing what the Bible called "singing in the Spirit"! (1 Corinthians 14:15) "Wow! Is this finally the expansion of my new language?" So I stopped singing and just spoke it. Sure enough, there was a full blown language!
Now, not everyone will struggle as hard as I did. The reason it took me so long was because of doctrinal currents against me. I was told speaking in tongues was of the devil and that the occult speaks in tongues. It didn't seem to connect with me that Paul in the Bible spoke in tongues all the time. (1 Corinthians 14:18) The only reason I had the courage to receive it, was because of the loving counsel of a dear lady who shined with the love of God. I felt that if she could love me like that, and she spoke in tongues, then she certainly wasn't of the devil. Simply put, I knew the devil couldn't love and she was no devil.
Since that time long ago, now that I am fluent in the spiritual gifts, I have come to realize that the devil can not create. Only God can create. The devil only mimics, only copies the real thing. So of course the occult speaks in tongues, that's because God created the real speaking in tongues!
I have received a couple of wonderful confirmations about speaking in tongues. One time I was praying in tongues and in English over people I'd met on the Internet and I saw a picture-vision of a flat bed truck driven by 2 angels. On the flat bed truck were a whole bunch of packages, each wrapped and looking exactly like the size of bricks. The Lord told me I was dispatching supplies. So I asked Him what those bricks were. He said, "Each individual prayer." Then a few days later I listened to a tape where a man was given a vision that every time he spoke in tongues, he saw packages the size of bricks come down from heaven that were deposited inside of him. When they were deposited, he felt a strengthening of his inner man. He was praying supplies for himself. So, not only did the Lord confirm that my praying in tongues was praying in supplies to others, but at the same time, I was praying in supplies for myself.
I have an interesting story about praying in supplies for others. Remember that one little sentence I mentioned when I first received tongues? When I shared it with Anna, my Mom, who also had been indoctrinated against tongues, she said it sounded like Spanish and looked it up in her Spanish dictionary. She was so surprised at the meaning, she also sought and received the Baptism of the Spirit.
Twenty-five years after that, having completely forgotten its meaning, Anna happened to ask me if I still remembered my one little sentence. I spoke what I remembered and she again looked up the words in her old Spanish dictionary, and this is what she found; my sentence was translated, "Door of a port hole released. They eat with Daddy." This was my commission from the beginning. I didn't know I was repeating a request thousands upon thousands of times. I was bombarding heaven and didn't even know it! I believe part of that fulfillment is the opened doors to a website ministry and also a writing ministry. It is a good lesson in the importance of tongues.
3) SPEAKING IN TONGUES IN DELIVERANCES
Often when I have prayed in tongues, people have been delivered of demons. When I lay my hand upon their back and speak in tongues, I can feel pressure building up inside of me. It is like pressure building and resisting against some outside force. It can take on a similarity of what a burden feels like to an intercessor who prays until it lifts. I will feel the pressure building, the intensity of my tongues increasing, and then the person either gags, spits up, coughs, sighs, yawns, sneezes, screams, cries out, jerks, etc. When that happens, I feel an immense peace inside my spirit and the need to speak in tongues subsides. This can go on for a long time, with my feeling peace in between each spirit leaving. It is not a traditionally taught way to do deliverance, but I have noticed it is totally spirit led and it works. If coupled with authority in English, it carries a powerful punch.
A note on the other side of this: The use of tongues, or someone praying or using their vocal cords when they are in the process of being delivered will hinder the demon from coming out. The movement of the tongue suppresses the demons and keeps them at the throat or neck area unable to leave. Make sure that the person you are praying for is receiving and calling upon the Lord in their mind, not through their mouth.
I have also noticed that when I am oppressed and in a lot of warfare, speaking in tongues gives me freedom from the oppression and I feel lighter in my heart with spiritual energy. I try to pray in tongues often, for I have lived through enough experiences to know it really makes a difference in my life.
4) HOW SPEAKING IN TONGUES WORKS
There is much misunderstanding and fear concerning speaking in tongues. Some think it is an emotional experience overpowering the senses, taking control over the will and speaking faculties. But it is no different than people just opening their mouth to speak. When people talk, they speak in all different tones, decibels, emotions, etc., but people do not speak without CHOOSING TO. Speaking in tongues is merely the choice of speaking, but it happens to be in another language. Speaking in tongues is a rational choice of the will to communicate with the Lord in a language that transcends our understanding. It enables us to pray according to His will without our flesh rebelling. The tones, decibels, responsive emotions, etc. are the subjective choice of the speaker.
The scripture says, "For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful." (NKJ 1 Corinthians 14:14) The Greek word for "my" literally means "my". Therefore, Paul was saying that when he spoke in tongues it was his own spirit praying. However scripture does not record people having the ability to speak in tongues until the Holy Spirit fell on the day of Pentecost. In most of the references where people were baptized in the Spirit, speaking in tongues was part of their experience. When we speak in tongues, there is actually a partnership taking place between the Holy Spirit and our own spirit. The Holy Spirit is the comforter and according to the Thayer's Greek:
Comforter (#3875) (parakleetos, parakleetou, ho) means to be summoned, called to one's side, especially called to one's aid;
1. one who pleads another's case before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant; an advocate:
2. universally, one who pleads another's case with one, an intercessor: 1 John 2:1
3. in the widest sense, a helper, succorer, aider, assistant; so of the Holy Spirit John 14:16,26
(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft)
It is the Holy Spirit that partners with our spirit, giving us the language to pray directly to God. The Holy Spirit comes along side our own spirit and helps us pray the mysteries of God.
The objective experience of speaking in tongues happens not in how it is said, but what is said. Usually when the Holy Spirit first gives this ability to a person, little syllables come to mind. The language is formed by these syllables coming together to form words as the person speaks them. However, when the speaker speaks with fluency, there is no pre-thought to the mind and the Holy Spirit simply gifts the language as the person speaks. Like my own experience, sometimes, when one first receives this gift, only a few syllables are given to start, and not a complete language. The language will grow in time.
Since language is broken up into little syllables, and singing is a simple way to break apart syllables, singing is a wonderful way to increase your prayer language. The scripture says to pray in tongues and also sing in tongues. Then pray in English and also sing in English. (I Cor 14:15)
The gift of interpretation of tongues gives an understanding to the unknown language. This understanding is not necessarily a word for word translation. The interpretation also edifies those who hear. (1 Cor 14:5) One who speaks in an unknown tongue should pray that he also may interpret. (1 Cor 14:13)
The scripture says tongues is the language of men as well as angels. I have heard testimonies of people who have spoken in an unlearned language and those in the audience have recognized the language. A friend told me a story where a preacher in a foreign country just started speaking in tongues from the platform. Many wonderful conversions took place because even though he was just speaking in tongues to the Lord, they understood what he said, much to his amazement.
At other times, the language may be one of angels and no one would recognize it unless through an interpretation. (1 Cor 13:1)
I have had instances when I will get an interpretation of something I have spoken. A few times it has been an entire phrase, however most of the time it is one word. I will be speaking in tongues and one word will pop out of a phrase and I will know without doubt what that word was in English. When these times happen, they highlight the subject matter of what I am praying about and sometimes these words have actually given me the guidance I have been looking for, when coupled and confirmed with other Words He has spoken into my life. Since we pray according to the will of God in tongues, these interpretations, even with one word, can really highlight some important issues. Pray that He will give you the interpretation to what you speak.
5) THE SCRIPTURAL HISTORY OF THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
John the Baptist foretold the Baptism of the Holy Spirit: "I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost." (Mark 1:8)
"He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire." (Matt 3:11)
The word baptize (#907 Greek) means to immerse, submerge; to make overwhelmed (i.e. fully wet); It comes from a word (#911) meaning to overwhelm, (i.e. cover wholly with a fluid). The word fire (#4442) means fire, or lightning.
Jesus is the Baptizer of the Holy Spirit: John the Baptist said, "I didn't know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, `When you see the Holy Spirit descending and resting upon someone, he is the one you are looking for. He is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Son of God." (John 1:32-34 NLT) "John answered their questions by saying, "I baptize with water; but someone is coming soon who is greater than I am--so much greater that I am not even worthy to be his slave. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire." (Luke 3:16-17 NLT)
Jesus promised the Baptism of the Spirit: "And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power (# 1411) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (NKJ Acts 1:4-8)
(The word power (#1411) means force, miraculous power, ability, abundance, might, miracle, power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work. It comes from a word (#1410) meaning to be able or possible.
They received the Baptism of the Spirit: "Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." (NKJ Acts 2:1-4)
It was poured out as a gift: "The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the Gentiles, too. And there could be no doubt about it, for they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God." (NLT Acts 10:44-46)
If you have worship music on, that is a wonderful way to come into His Presence. Begin to praise Him and thank Him for His love for you, for His touch upon your life and for the Presence of His Holy Spirit.
What to expect when you receive:
Some people literally feel the Lord's Presence surround them when they receive, some do not. When you begin to speak in your prayer language (tongues), you will be the one moving your tongue, you will be moving your own lips, you will be expelling air past your own vocal chords, and you will be making the sounds. You are the one choosing to speak loud or soft, fast or slow. The Lord uses all your faculties to speak, He doesn't force it upon you, or overtake your will. You are the one speaking, you are the one singing. The difference is that the Holy Spirit is directing you. "But you, dear friends, must continue to build your lives on the foundation of your holy faith. And continue to pray as you are directed by the Holy Spirit." (Jude 20 NLT)
He is like a conductor directing an orchestra. He will give you unction to speak, unction to sing, unction to express your heart in different tones and syllables, loudly and softly, sometimes very punctuated, sometimes quite fluent. He will direct you as you speak and sing and you will begin to move along with His Presence and you will soon see that you really are cooperating with the Holy Spirit and He really has given you a new gift in which to express your heart. "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." (NKJ 1 Corinthians 14:2)
Your own prayer:
Jesus, now that I have accepted You as My personal Savior, I am asking that You will baptize and fill me with the Holy Spirit. I lay hands on my computer screen right now.
Father You said that no man can come to You except You first draw him. I thank You Lord that You have placed a desire and hunger in this loved one to receive more from You. Thank You for the faith You have given this loved one who is now laying hands on the computer screen. I know that the power of Your quickened Word transcends all barriers, languages and manmade devices and penetrates any obstacle with Your quickening touch. I ask Lord that You will come to this loved one right now, and as he or she lays hands on this prayer, that they will be enveloped in Your Presence and You will give them the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I bind all evil, deceiving and opposing forces in Jesus Name and I loose the Presence of the Holy Spirit to touch this loved one right now.
As you speak your thanks and praise to Him, begin to sing along with the music if you have some on. If not, then sing on your own, even making up your own tune if you like. And as you have asked Him to fill you and also received my prayer, begin to sing to Him in foreign syllables along with the music. When I say foreign, I mean that they are foreign to your understanding. As you sing this way and get acquainted with slowly separating syllables via musical sounds, begin to pick up the pace and sing faster, still in the unusual syllables that do not make sense to you. Now exchange back and forth between foreign syllables and English words to the music. As you begin to feel comfortable with singing back and forth between English and tongues, start to pray instead - first a line in English, then a line in tongues. Paul said, "Well then, what shall I do? I will do both. I will pray in the spirit, and I will pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will sing in words I understand." (1 Cor 14:15 NLT)
Now ask the Lord to forgive you for your doubts that this is gibberish! As I said before, you may have small syllables come to your thought before you speak them, but when you speak faster, the gift bypasses your mind and goes straight to your mouth. You will realize what you are saying is definitely bypassing your mind and you will be surprised that it all has happened so simply.
Ask Him to give you the grace to internalize and believe the importance of what tongues accomplishes (#1 in this file), and then speak and sing in tongues every day. "Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts." (Col 3:16-17 NLT)
7) SCRIPTURES & GREEK MEANINGS
1 Cor 14:4 EDIFY He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself.
Edify #3618 in Greek means to be a house-builder, to construct, or confirm. It comes from a word meaning architecture or home.
NT:3618 oikodomeo (oy-kod-om-eh'-o); from the same as NT:3619; to be a house-builder, i.e. construct or (figuratively) confirm: KJV - (be in) build (-er, -ing, up), edify, embolden.
Acts 1:8 POWER But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me.
Power (#1411) means force, miraculous power, and is translated in the KJV as ability, abundance, might, miracle, power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work. It comes from a word (#1410) meaning to be able or possible.
dunamis (doo'-nam-is); from NT:1410; force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself): KJV - ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.
Matt 3:11 BAPTIZE & FIRE He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.
Baptize (#907 Greek) means to immerse, submerge; to make overwhelmed (i.e. fully wet); It comes from a word (#911) meaning to overwhelm, (i.e. cover wholly with a fluid).
baptizo (bap-tid'-zo); from a derivative of NT:911; to immerse, submerge; to make overwhelmed (i.e. fully wet); used only (in the N. T.) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism: KJV - Baptist, baptize, wash.
Fire (#4442) means fire, or lightning.
NT:4442 pur (poor); a primary word; "fire" (literally or figuratively, specifically, lightning): KJV - fiery, fire.
Acts 11:15 FELL And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
Fell (#1968) means to embrace with affection or seize with more or less violence, and is translated in the KJV as to fall into or upon, lie on, press upon.
NT:1968 epipipto (ep-ee-pip'-to); from NT:1909 and NT:4098; to embrace (with affection) or seize (with more or less violence; literally or figuratively): KJV - fall into (on, upon) lie on, press upon.
Acts 10:45 POUR & GIFT
And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Pour (#1632) in the Greek means to pour forth, to bestow, and is translated in the KJV as gush out, run greedily, shed abroad, spill forth.
ekcheo (ek-kheh'-o); or (by variation) ekchuno (ek-khoo'-no); from NT:1537; and cheo (to pour); to pour forth; figuratively, to bestow: KJV - gush (pour) out, run greedily (out), shed (abroad, forth), spill.
Gift (#1431) in the Greek means a gratuity, and is translated in the KJV as gift. It comes from a word (1435) meaning a present, gift, sacrifice, or offering
NT:1431 dorea (do-reh-ah'); from NT:1435; a gratuity: KJV - gift.
John 14:26 COMFORTER But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Comforter (#3875) in the Greek means an intercessor, consoler, and is translated in the KJV as advocate, comforter.
NT:3875 parakletos (par-ak'-lay-tos); an intercessor, consoler: KJV - advocate, comforter.
Acts 4:31 BOLDNESS And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Boldness (#3954) in the Greek means: all out-spokenness, frankness, bluntness, publicity; assurance, and is translated in the KJV as bold, confidence, freely, openly, plainly .
parrhesia (par-rhay-see'-ah); from NT:3956 and a derivative of NT:4483; all out-spokenness, i.e. frankness, bluntness, publicity; by implication, assurance: KJV - bold (X -ly, -ness, -ness of speech), confidence, X freely, X openly, X plainly (-ness).
Acts 2:4 FILLED And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Filled (#4130) in the Greek means to fill, influence, supply, and is translated in the KJV as accomplish, full, furnish.
NT:4130 pletho (play'-tho); a prolonged form of a primary pleo (pleh'-o) (which appears only as an alternate in certain tenses and in the reduplicated form pimplemi); to "fill" (literally or figuratively [imbue, influence, supply]); specifically, to fulfil (time): KJV - accomplish, full (... come), furnish.
John 14:26 TEACH & REMEMBRANCE
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Teach (#1321) in the Greek means to learn, to teach.
Bring and remembrance (#5279) in the Greek means to remind quietly, suggest to the memory, and is translated in the KJV as put in mind, remember, bring to remembrance.
NT:1321 didasko (did-as'-ko); a prolonged (causative) form of a primary verb dao (to learn); to teach (in the same broad application): KJV - teach.
NT:5279 hupomimnesko (hoop-om-im-nace'-ko); from NT:5259 and NT:3403; to remind quietly, i.e. suggest to the (middle voice one's own) memory: KJV - put in mind, remember, bring to (put in) remembrance.
1 Cor 14:2 MYSTERIES 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.
Speaks mysteries (#3466) in the Greek means a secret or "mystery" (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites.
NT:3466 musterion (moos-tay'-ree-on); from a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth); a secret or "mystery" (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites): KJV - mystery.
Mark 16:17-18 SIGNS, SNAKES & NOT HURT
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Signs (#4592) in the Greek means an indication, and is translated in the KJV as miracle, sign, token, wonder. It is from a word (#4591) meaning a mark, to indicate, signify.
Snakes (#3789) in the Greek is a snake, figuratively as a type of sly cunning, an artful malicious person, especially Satan.
Not (#3364) in the Greek is a double negative strengthening the denial; not at all, and is translated in the KJV as any more, at all, by any (no) means, neither, never, no (at all), in no case (wise), nor ever, not (at all, in any wise).
Hurt (#984) in the Greek means to hinder, to injure, and is translated in the KJV as hurt.
NT:4592 semeion (say-mi'-on); neuter of a presumed derivative of the base of NT:4591; an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally: KJV - miracle, sign, token, wonder.
NT:3789 ophis (of'-is); probably from NT:3700 (through the idea of sharpness of vision); a snake, figuratively (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, especially Satan: KJV - serpent.
NT:3364 ou me (oo may); i.e. NT:3756 and NT:3361; a double negative strengthening the denial; not at all: KJV - any more, at all, by any (no) means, neither, never, no (at all), in no case (wise), nor ever, not (at all, in any wise). Compare NT:3378.
NT:984 blapto (blap'-to); a primary verb; properly, to hinder, i.e. (by implication) to injure: KJV - hurt.
Jude 20-21 BUILDING FAITH But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit
Build (#2026) in the Greek means to build upon, i.e. (figuratively) to rear up:
Faith (#4102) in the Greek means persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: and is translated in the KJV as assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
NT:2026 epoikodomeo (ep-oy-kod-om-eh'-o); from NT:1909 and NT:3618; to build upon, i.e. (figuratively) to rear up: KJV - build thereon (thereupon, on, upon).
NT:4102 pistis (pis'-tis); from NT:3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: KJV - assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
Eph 6:18 SUPPLICATION Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Supplication (#1162) in the Greek means a petition, and is translated in the KJV as prayer, request, supplication.
NT:1162 deesis (deh'-ay-sis); from NT:1189; a petition: KJV - prayer, request, supplication.
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