Prayers for an Unknown Sister
“Call to me, and I will answer you.
And I will show you great and wonderful things
which you do not know.”
I am a “show me” type of girl.
I am not prone to blindly accept things that I don’t understand. Raised in a conservative Baptist church, my first experience of hearing someone ‘speaking in tongues’ was in college. I was wide-eyed and wondering, "What in the world was THAT!”
Fast forward about 19 years.
The tragedy of 911 brought me through the doors of a spirit-filled, Bible-believing Church. I attended a women’s Bible study. We began a series on the “Gifts of the Holy Spirit”. At the culmination of the study, there was a time of prayer to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues.
In my heart, I wanted to experience this gift. In my head, I was afraid the Holy Spirit would cause me to blurt out unintelligible words at the grocery store or in my PTA meeting! I voiced this fear and was quickly reassured that the Holy Spirit is gentle. He does not take control. He allows us to choose if and when we will use our prayer language. So I said “Yes," and we prayed a simple prayer to receive this special gift.
My experience was not dramatic. Little by little, I noticed new words that I did not understand begin to flow quietly from my lips during worship. Soon I was happily singing and speaking my new Holy Spirit language in my personal prayer time.
As my fluency increased, I began to notice repetitions of words when I prayed. I had no idea what I was praying for in the Spirit, but one particular word became repetitive in my prayer language...“Galia”. Sometimes spoken as if I were encouraging a frightened child. Other times it seemed I was defending someone or warring against something.
The word “Galia” consistently remained within my prayer language. I wondered what it meant so I called upon the Lord to show me.
It was six months later when God disclosed the meaning of this mysterious word. I went on a mission trip to
. A young woman came forward for prayer after a
conference on the gifts of the Spirit. Through the interpreter, she told us she wanted to receive the gift of tongues. I smiled, remembering my own request just a few
months earlier. I marveled at His timing and the miracle that, here I was! Praying for this unknown sister! Before praying with her, I
asked the interpreter to tell us the woman’s name. Ukraine
She replied in broken English.....”Her name is GALIA.”
"The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express...the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will (Romans 8:26-27)."
Lord Jesus,We confess that Your ways and Your Spirit are beyond our understanding. We often do not know how to pray. We are so thankful that You speak in whatever language is necessary to accomplish Your purposes. Thank You for helping us in our weaknesses; for interceding for us. Teach our hearts to pray; encourage us to help those who are weak.
May we operate in the fullness of your Spirit every day. Help us to not be afraid of those things which we don't understand. May we never be so grounded to the world that we miss the blessings and the giftings You have reserved for us. We long to soar with your Spirit. You are such an amazing God! We praise You! In Jesus Name, Amen.
Kim has been married to her high school sweetheart for 26 years. She and Mark have two beautiful daughters, Kaitlyn and Emily, a rescued mutt named Otis and a pleasantly plump cat named Oscar.
A former social worker and real estate agent, Kim now serves full time as Women's Ministry Director at High Mill Church in Canton, OH. Her mission is to inspire women toward courageous authenticity and freedom in Christ. She desires to be a woman who lives and loves like Jesus.
She is a Woven Women: a Woman of Virtue!