Joseph Prince - The Prayer That Repairs Your Body
Now, I want to share with you something about praying in tongues today that's going to help you so much, amen, in the area of stress, anxieties, worries, panic attacks, as well as physical troubles, in terms of infirmities, chronic illness, or even disease. Are you ready? 1 Corinthians 14, verse 4, "He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself". Say edifies. The word "edifies", the etymology of this word comes from two Latin words, all right? Edi fi. Edis is actually a house or a building. Like edify can be an edifice, a tall building, a large building.
So, the word "edify," the etymology is from the Latin, edis, which is house or building. Ficare, fi, fis, all right, for the word "build, construct". Put them together, it is the word "to construct or to repair," to build a house. Today, we say edify in terms of like, "Well, Pastor Prince, your message today was edifying". In other words, morally comforting, morally inspiring or whatever. But we don't think in terms of physical, okay? But the root word actually is physical, it's referring to a building.
In fact, in the Greek, this word here in the Greek edifies is the word "oikodomeo". Oikos is a house, a building. Domeo is to build the building, amen? Domeo in Italy, you see a lot of domeo, all right? Building, dome, domeo. Oikodomeo, to build a house. Oikos, a house. "Well, Pastor Prince, we are not houses". All right, we are. We are temples. You know which part of you is a temple? "Oh, my spirit". That's what we've been told. Your spirit is not a temple, your body is a temple.
Look at 1 Corinthians 6, "Or do you not know that your body is the temple". Your what? Your body. Your body is the temple. Now, I know the Holy Spirit dwells in our spirit, but doesn't say your spirit is the temple. You cannot find in the Bible it says your spirit is a temple. It says your body is a temple. Your soma in the Greek, your body. Not your psyche, all right? Not your pneuma. Your soma, psychosomatic conditions, you know, from your mind. But soma is body for Greek. So it says, "Do you not know that your soma, your body is the temple"? And the word "temple" here is not the outward precincts of the temple. The word "temple" here is the Holy of Holies and the holy place. This is literally the sanctuary.
Your body is the Holy of Holies. Your body is the holy place of God. Your body is a temple of God. And God wants his temple beautiful. God wants his temple clean. God wants his temple holy. The word "whole," healthy, healthy comes from that old word that says hale, H-A-L-E, which is the word "whole, complete, healthy," amen? Healed, complete, completeness. God wants your body complete, amen. So, back then God would say, "Your body is today the temple of the Holy Spirit". Are you listening?
So, go back to 1 Corinthians 14, verse 4, "He who speaks in a tongue," oikosdomeo, "builds himself". Another thing is that the mistake we make, and I grew up among some great teachers who taught on praying tongues, but I think where the emphasis was wrong was this. They said that when you pray in tongues, you charge your spirit. Now, thank God your spirit is charged, but not just your spirit. Doesn't say he speaks in a tongue, builds up his spirit, but himself. Himself means what? All of you. Now, which part of you is the temple? Your body, especially your body.
Why is this teaching important? Because we preach like this, people will know every time they pray in tongues and the devil says, "You're just making it up, stop it". And they get discouraged, they stop it, they don't realize that they're stopping their health. They're stopping their wholeness. They're stopping their health from springing forth speedily. Are you listening?
All right, let's drop down the same chapter, but let's drop down to verse 21. Then the Apostle Paul quotes from the Old Testament from the prophet Isaiah specifically, "In the law it is written, 'With men of other tongues and other lips, I will speak to these people. And yet, for all that, they will not hear me,' says the Lord". Unfortunately, a segment of God's people even will not hear him when it comes to praying in tongues. And the context here is tongues because the next verse says, "Therefore tongues are for a sign". So, it's very clear he's talking about praying in tongues, okay? He's quoting the Old Testament. Whenever the Holy Spirit quotes the Old Testament, it will pay us good, it will benefit us for us to look at the quotation.
So, let's go to that quotation in the Old Testament. It's from Isaiah 28. "For with stammering lips and another tongue will God speak to this people". Ever felt like your tongue sometimes is like stammering lips? You say, "Pastor, my tongue is not like Pastor Lawrence's tongue, so smooth, so fluent". Hey, yours get first priority, stammering lips. Pastor Lawrence and Pastor Mark's one is another tongue, amen? And who is speaking? God is speaking. God will speak to this people. "To whom God said," now watch this, now there's an additional benefit. That's why it always pays you well to look up the reference.
And the context here says God is saying, "This is the rest," definite article, ha menuchah, definite article. "This is the rest which you may cause the weary to rest. And this is the marge'ah, the refreshing, yet they would not hear". You know, God is offering you R&R, rest and refreshing. Guys, you all know, right, after your term and exercise in the field and all that overseas, you have an R&R days, right? Rest and refreshing, literally rest and recreation. This is God's rest and refreshing. The devil's means is always to stress you out. The devil is trying to wear you out, you cannot fight against supernatural forces with natural means. You can offset or put down for a while the outward symptoms of stress. You can take medicine.
There are also anxiety-related pills and medicine. There are sleeping tablets and all that. And I thank God for doctors and all those people who take time to relieve the sufferings of humanity, I thank God for that. But one thing, if you're dealing with the devil and his supernatural, you got to have supernatural means. From heaven comes this weapon. Start praying in the Spirit. I believe, I believe the first few days when you pray in the Spirit, the Spirit is not battling the problem you have, not the panic attack, not the depression, not the addiction, not your physical disease. I believe that it's battling your fears. It is clearing out your stress, worries, anxieties. I believe God wants to do something inside before he touches your body. Are you listening? And for that, I'm going to show you a template, and then we're going to close.
All right, why is it that the Bible has so many stories about the temple, why? Because it's telling you not just a temple physical. Back then, it's a real temple of Solomon. But it's telling you about your body, right? So, can we learn something from here? Yes. There's a story there in the book of Chronicles, 2 Chronicles where it talks about King Ahaz. King Ahaz was a wicked king of Judah. He didn't walk in the ways of his father David. What he did was that he worshiped idols, and he worshiped all kinds of deities except for the true God. And God came against this man. And the first thing he did against God, the first thing King Ahaz did, he shut the doors of the temple.
All right, you'll find that in 2 Chronicles 28. Now, we look at 2 Chronicles 29. As a result, Israel was plunged into darkness. The women and the children had all kinds of bondage coming on them, bad things happened. But Ahaz died. Sometimes the mercy of God when someone just... Ahaz died. And he has a son called Hezekiah, which became one of the godliest kings of Judah, amen? He brought revival to Israel. And when he ascended the throne, he was only 25 years old. Young people, listen, look up here. You can be young and be used of God. He was only 25 years old. And the first year of his reign, in the very first month of his reign, this is what he did. "In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them".
The very first thing he did, he opened the door that his father shut. You know why his father shut the doors? Because they were doing all kinds of abominable things in the Holy of Holies, in the holy place. They brought all kinds of defilements, all kinds of filth, all kinds of uncleanness into the temple. Amen? And the filth is still there, and he shut the door with all the filth inside. Here's a picture of you and I, we got so much baggage on the inside, emotional baggage, stress, worry, fear, anxiety. These are all uncleanness. As well as disease, sickness. You know in the Old Testament, they don't really say, they do here and there, they use the word "disease" and "sickness," they do. But most of the time, ceremoniously in the temple and all that or in the precincts of Jerusalem and somebody has leprosy, they don't say disease, they say uncleanness.
And that's why Jesus touched the leper, he didn't say, "Be healed". Jesus says, "Be clean". But the man was healed of leprosy. And the way they cleansed was water. Jesus says when the Holy Spirit comes, he's like the rivers of living water. Living because whatever he touches, there'll be life. Hmm? And that's what happened on the day of Pentecost. Now, watch this. The very first thing evil King Ahaz did was shut the doors. The very first thing his son Hezekiah did was to open the doors. When you open the door, then you can bring out all the filth, right?
Question. Our bodies are the temple of God, right? What is the door? What is the open door? What is shutting the door and what is opening the door? Which part, if our body is a temple, which part is the door? No, your hair is not the door. If your hair is the door, some of us have got no more doors left. Try again. Mouth, mouth, very good. But you're talking to Pastor Prince, and Pastor Prince always asks for Bible. Do you have a Bible verse for that, that the door is the mouth and the mouth is a door? Yes, let me save you the time, Psalms 141. David says, "Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth. Keep watch over the door of my lips". Keep watch over the door of my lips.
When King Ahaz shut the door, he kept all the disease, all the uncleanness inside. All right, back then it was literal uncleanness, but today, all right, when Hezekiah opened the door, so, your first step out of your addictions and out of your panic attacks and your depression and your anxieties and your worries and cares, open the door. Hey, I'm not referring to some of you, what you all do when I'm preaching, okay? Opening the door, I mean, that is not opening the door. I know I see your Grand Canyon, I'm not referring to that. I'm referring to speaking, amen. By the way, the following chapter is a revival after revival after revival. Revival is like not since the days of the early years it says. Hezekiah brought revival, all began with opening the door. Do you see that, amen?
So, the door of my lips. Okay, watch what he did. Go back to the story again, "He brought in the priests and the Levites and gathered them into the square on the east". And this is what he told them, "Then he said to them, 'Listen to me, O Levites,'" 25 years old. "Consecrate yourselves now, and consecrate the house of the Lord, the God of your fathers, and carry the uncleanness out from the holy place. For our fathers have been unfaithful and have done evil in the sight of the Lord, and have forsaken him and turned their faces away from the dwelling place of the Lord, and have turned their backs. They have also shut the doors of the porch," he mentioned that specifically, "shut the doors of the porch".
Keep the porch in mind. I'm coming back to the porch, okay? Just keep that in mind somewhere. Tuck it somewhere, okay? "They have shut the doors of the porch and put out the lamps". The moment you shut the door, you stop praying in the Spirit, amen, your lamp goes out. There's no more revelation. And not only that, there's no more praise and worship, there's no more worship to God, no burnt incense or offered burnt offerings. "Therefore the wrath of the Lord was against Judah and Jerusalem, he made them an object of terror, of horror, and hissing, as you see with your own eyes".
I want to tell you that today, God is not angry with his people, and he will never be angry with his people. Look at me, never. We are not under law, we are under grace. We are not in our flesh, we are in Christ. For God to be angry with us is to be angry with Christ. The seven years of tribulation is the days of God's wrath. We are not appointed to wrath, we are appointed to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. God has sworn he will never be wroth with us, Isaiah 54 that comes after Isaiah 53, the work of Jesus. So, when you read all this, keep things in context. I'm talking about the uncleanness of our bodies, we call that disease, sickness, and all that. Okay, how to remove it? I want you to see the pattern.
So, let's follow the story, we'll close with this. Based on the instruction of the king, Hezekiah, "The priests went into the inner part of the house of the Lord, the Holy of Holies, to cleanse it, and every unclean thing which they found in the temple of the Lord, they brought out to the court of the house of the Lord. Then the Levites received it to carry out to the Kidron Valley". So, they took it, they went in all the Holy of Holies, took all the filth out, amen. For us, we have a lot of prejudices, bitterness, wrong believing. And not only that, panic attacks and fears and worries and evil imaginations. Evil imagination is so real for people with depression, all they can see in their future is like, you know, a bad prognosis.
You know, you won't live to see your future. They might even see their own funeral, they might see their husband marrying another woman, they might see their wife marrying another man. They might see their, you know, a person who's depressed see all kinds of wrong, you know, wrong channel. It's real. Never make fun or take lightly someone tells you they're suffering from depression. Point them to God's heavenly weapon, mmm? They brought it out, all the filth, all the panic attacks. For us, it's all these things, okay? Plus the cause of the disease, all those things being brought out. Then they reached the holy place. Took a few days, isn't it? How many days it took? They brought it out.
Okay, verse 17, "Now they began the consecration on the first day of the first month, and on the," what day? "Eighth day of the month, they came or they entered the porch," again the porch. Put that somewhere. "The porch of the Lord. Then they consecrated the house of the Lord in eight days, and finished on the sixteenth day on the first month". After they clean out all the debris and uncleanness, in eight days they came back to the door, to the porch, right? And then they consecrate another eight days the entire temple. Remember I told you about focus on the porch? Now, see the porch. The porch, Solomon's Temple, show them a picture of Solomon's Temple. Okay, this is a model in the Holy Land model, it's a small model, you can still see it in Israel today, at the time of Jesus.
Now, where is Solomon's porch? There it is. First of all, Eastern Gate. Can you see the Eastern Gate? That's the Eastern Gate. Solomon's porch is all around, okay, Solomon's porch all around. Can you see that? It's a colonnade. Can you see the pillars? That's where the rabbis would teach. That's where Jesus would teach and all that, okay? So, it's all around. But watch this, listen carefully. When the Babylonians came in later and they destroyed the temple, they burned down, they razed the temple down, okay, what happened was that the only part of the temple that was left is the front part, Solomon's porch. That's the only part that's left, Eastern Gate. And during the time of Jesus, which is after the Babylonians, Jesus came, Jesus walked on this porch in John 10. "Now it was the Feast of Hanukkah, Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple," where? "In Solomon's porch," the only place that is standing.
Why Solomon's porch? All miracles happen in Solomon's porch. Remember the guy who was lame at the Gate Beautiful? There are scholars who believe that the Gate Beautiful is the Eastern Gate, the one that's sealed. Okay, look at this, "Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon's, greatly amazed". So, I submit to you that the Eastern Gate is sealed and that's Solomon's porch. So, I submit to you that the Gate Beautiful, some scholars believe it's the Eastern Gate. That's where the lame man was. And it stands to reason that the only part that's standing is this part here.
And last verse, Acts 5, the place of miracles. "And through the hands of the apostles, many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord," where? "In Solomon's porch". It seems like God is saying, right, when you pray in the Spirit and you come back out, you will come to the porch. And that's where miracles happen. The door is open, the porch... remember, the doors of the porch were the first open, right, by King Hezekiah. "Yet none of the rest dared joined them, but the people esteemed them highly. And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all," let's all say it together, "and they were all healed". How many? And they were all healed.
I believe as we pray in the Spirit, we'll come to the place where all will be healed. Not only that, signs and wonders will happen in Solomon's porch. Not only that, amen? Respect will come back to the ministry and multitudes of souls will be saved. Amen, I believe that God did not give you a gift that is useless, like some of these denominational preachers would say. God didn't give you a gift that he said, "You can have it, you don't have to have it". If it came on the day of Pentecost, then it's a gift that proclaimed the wonderful works of God, trust me, you will see the wonderful works of God. Give him praise, hallelujah. Thank you, Jesus.