Tongues of Fire - Thomas Benson
This article is being written mainly for anyone who feels a real call to intercessory prayer. However, anyone who reads this may sense Holy Spirit speaking to them as well.
I would like to talk a little bit about fire. Basically, fire does two things: it cleanses and it consumes. This is a pretty good description of what our Father does in our lives when we come to know Him. In the Old Testament, fire is most often represented by two Hebrew words. The first one is the word esh, “Strong’s H784”, which translates as fire, supernatural fire, altar fire and God’s anger. It is used 373 times. The second word is ishshah, “Strongs’s H801”, which translates as burnt offering, offering by fire, fire offering. This word is used 65 times in the book of Leviticus.
I realize this may be an over-simplification of the meaning of the word fire, but for the purpose of what I am sharing, I believe that H784 refers to the cleansing and consuming fire, while H801 has much more to do with the sacrificial altar. In the New Testament, the word that is used for fire in the Greek is most commonly pyr, “Strong’s G442” and is found 73 times.
Some of the more notable scriptures for me concerning fire are: Ex. 3:2, Moses at the burning bush; Psalm 104:4, who makes His angels wind, His ministers a flame of fire; and Acts 2:3, then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. With the exception of Acts 2:3, the scriptures referenced use the Hebrew word, esh, H784.
Allow me to be very candid here as I share with you my own personal experience. For the past number of months, more than I care to remember, my own prayer life has been mostly smoke with an occasional little flame! As the one who oversees Intercession for the International Association of Healing Rooms, along with the task of developing a worldwide network of fellowship of intercession, this has been very troubling to me. Our intercession meetings here in Spokane have been powerful, giving us remarkable times with the Lord, and I attribute that to the quality of people I have on my team. For them I am most grateful!
About two weeks ago, I finally went into my backroom and began to seek the Lord, asking Him, “What is going on with me? Why do I have this drought in my prayer life? What do You really want in the realm of intercession, both for me and for us as a whole?” For the first time in a long time, His presence began to fill the room and I found myself on my face, broken and weeping. He began to reveal nine mandates to contend for in intercession, two of which I want to share with you here.
The first one was intercessory tongues of fire. I am not completely sure what this is supposed to look like, but in Old Testament terminology, it would be H784! The second mandate we are to contend for is Divine combustion. My initial interpretation of this one was that it refers to a “suddenly” of God. It reminded me of a very clear word that I received from Him several years ago.
“You need to be very careful that you do not let your doctrine or your theology or even the things you think you know get in the way of what I am getting ready to do. What I am getting ready to do is unstoppable. Even your unbelief cannot stop what I am going to do. You are going to see a God you have never seen before. You will see things that you cannot find in scripture, but they will not violate scripture. They will only confirm it. And I will come and do for you what you cannot do for yourself.”
Here in Spokane our team believes that we have a real mandate from God to begin to get on our face before Him and relearn what it truly means to weep between the porch and the altar, laying aside anything and everything, so that we can begin to see the full fruition of that which He has spoken.
One last thought! If you decide to begin to partner with us, know that when the fire comes, you will not have to wonder if this is that for which we have been praying. There will be no doubt! Your life will never ever be the same!
Thomas Benson is the head intercessor of Healing Rooms Ministries at the Spokane Headquarters.