Praying With Understanding in Worship (Thurs. August 11)

The word of the day is “understanding.” Some equate the mystical with the esoteric. They believe that the more incomprehensible the utterance, the more sacred the speech. This claim is like the boast of those who “spoke in tongues” in the congregation at Corinth. These troublemakers who could utter strange sounds boasted that they had superior spiritual knowledge. Their speech may have been ecstatic, but it had no message that could be communicated to others. In response to this bragging, in today’s reading of 1 Corinthians 14:6-9, the apostle minimizes the importance of this unintelligible speech. Instead, he recommends praying with “understanding” (v. 5). Those who had the ability to utter strange sounds might have been carried away into a…

Praying With Understanding in Worship Services (Thurs. August 4)

The word of the day is “understanding.”  Some equate the mystical with the esoteric.  They believe that the more incomprehensible the utterance, the more sacred the speech is.  This claim is like the boast of those who “spoke in tongues” in the congregation at Corinth.  These troublemakers who could utter strange sounds boasted that they had superior spiritual knowledge.  Their speech may have been ecstatic, but it had no message that could be communicated to others. In response to this bragging, in today’s reading of 1 Corinthians 14:6-9, the apostle minimizes the importance of unintelligible speech.  The ecstasy of those who boasted about being carried away into a higher mystical state, did not do anyone else any good he said.…