What is a prayer language? A spiritual gift from God

Capt. Ben Marler, Special to The Log
Capt. Ben Marler

When we see Paul saying he used his prayer language more than anyone, we know it's from God. No one I know of was more used than Paul in the scriptures. Read 1 Cor.13 prayerfully. God gave him his language so he could accomplish what no others could.

In simple language, it's the Holy Spirit using the vocal mechanisms within an adopted child of God to speak to the father. Christian prayer language is a spiritual gift from God. I'm not going to judge anyone, but some folks seem to be using "gibberish" rather than words, but perhaps God is doing that for he understands "everything."

I remember one time watching a TV program from deep inside Africa where the folks there conversed like "birds." As long as their "noises" are understood by someone else, that's all that matters.

I received my "prayer language" on May 23 in 1971, a few hours after the Lord had washed me as clean as new snow and had entered into my broken and tearful body. No event in my life before or since equals my salvation.

My prayer language definitely is working, for as a boat captain in real storms where the water was suddenly coming over the bow. Huge waves had formed and I needed special wisdom and help attempting to keep the bow into the waves and controlling my engines. My captain Jesus was using me to do his will and keep everyone safe.  

If anyone tells you tongues and all the other gifts have ended, run don't walk from there and don't go back for you are in a very dead "church."

Capt. Ben Marler is a longtime Destin resident and author of “Old Destin Through the Eyes of a Child.” He can be reached at captben61@gmail.com.