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Does The Holy Spirit Visit Jails

In prison ministry last night, while an inmate closed with prayer, unbelievable manifestations begin to take place. Street hardened, grown men begin to wept and some were heard speaking in tongues all of which proved to me, that the presence of holy spirit was present. Comments?

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No wall, no prison can hold out the Holy Spirit. But the manifestation of the spirit will become evident as time goes by. Speaking in tongues is not only experienced by Christians so we must look to the fruits of the Spirit.
---Charlie on 8/31/07


There are guidelines to speaking in tongues. One should only speak in tongues if there is an interpreter, otherwise it is just jibberish. The Holy Spirit can act in any way God sees fit. Anecdotal evidence is not proof of salvation. God says "You will know my children by their fruits, peace, love, joy, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, sel-control." If these men were truly saved they will produce good fruit.
---Ryan on 4/2/07


Yes jesus is every where and he is visting the jails there are some hungrey hearted people in there My church has friday night jail service and those prisnors have recive the Holy Ghost
---Betty on 8/30/06


Donna...It says they were praying and singing hymns. How do you know they were praying out loud? The scripture says the guards heard them, obviously they heard them singing but their is nothing in that scripture that leads me to believe the guards heard them praying. How about this they were praying silently in their secret place, as Jesus instructed, and they were also singing hymns of praise and worship, which is what the guards heard.
---Ryan on 7/18/06


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3)Rev. Std. Version: Act 16:25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

Ryan, how is it that you're not believing this scripture? They were praying and they were singing hymns to God - and the prisioners were listening to them. If it just said they were singing and the prisioners were listening, then I see your point, but that's NOT what that scripture says. Why can't you see the truth of the word?
---Donna9759 on 7/18/06




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Hi Ryan again. How are you my friend? I will quote the scripture directly from the New King James version and two other versions:
1)NKJV - Act 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them

2)New Am. Std Version: Act 16:25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;
---Donna9759 on 7/18/06


The scripture in Acts says they were singing and praying. The guards did hear them singing but it still does not mention them praying out loud. I will continue to follow the words of Jesus, "When you pray go to your secret place." If you all want a special prayer language I have nothing against it I just can't find any support for it in scripture.
---Ryan on 7/18/06


Ryan, Donna2277 explains it well. Ryan, I cut and pasted that scripture from Acts and it does say "and the prisoners heard them." How did the prisoners hear them if they weren't praying out loud? Also, If you don't believe John Chapter 17 was a prayer Jesus prayed, maybe you should re-read that chapter again. God Bless you in your search for the truth of God's Holy word Ryan. Be Blessed.
---Donna9759 on 7/17/06


Isaiah 28:11-12 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. so many are looking for a Sabbath but this is the Sabbath in Jesus the eight day the other day the word speaks of a Spiritual day of resurrection.
---Exzucuh on 7/14/06


Paul said 1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. meaning praying in a tongue you could not understand and singing in a tongue you could not understand. he also said forbid not to speak with tongues but if any man be ignorant let him.
---Exzucuh on 7/14/06




Donna...Thank you for your kind words. I truly thirst for truth and righteousness. The scriptures you mention 1)Acts, it does say that Paul and Silas prayed, however it mentions nothing aboout them praying out loud. 2)John 17, the scripture begins "And Jesus spoke..." not "And Jesus prayed" and I never see anything in the word that negates the teaching of Jesus that when we pray we are to go to our secret place and ask in secret and not to be like the Pharisees and Saudecees.
---Ryan on 7/14/06


Ryan-#2--(from the other Donna) But there is a PRIVATE "prayer language". I Cor 14:1 " For he that speaketh in an unknown togue speaketh ,not unto men but unto God, for no man understandeth him.." It can be used in private for intercession or praise. We may not have a specific ministry of intercessory prayer, but we are ALL called to intercede for others. And God hears prayer in any language.
---Donna2277 on 7/14/06


Ryan-#2--(from the other Donna) But there is a PRIVATE "prayer language". I Cor 14:1 " For he that speaketh in an unknown togue speaketh ,not unto men but unto God, for no man understandeth him.." It can be used in private for intercession or praise. We may not have a specific ministry of intercessory prayer, but we are ALL called to intercede for others. And God hears prayer in any language.
---Donna2277 on 7/14/06


Ryan--#1 (this from another Donna, Donna2277.)
Yes, there are rules for use of tongues in the church which many Pentecostal churches ignore. We ALWAYS have control over our speech. The prisoners likely didn't understand, but I take it this was a small intimate gathering. And I'm glad the Lord apparently touched some deeply.

IMO, the fruit of the Spirit is a much more reliable evidence of salvation than tongues..
---Donna2277 on 7/14/06


Ryan, did you forget Paul and Silas prayed out loud in jail? Act 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. Jesus prayed out loud in John 17. Ryan, you are a dear one, I see your hunger for the deeper things of the Lord. May you be blessed in your seeking.
---Donna9759 on 7/14/06


Ryan, don't worry, if you don't have a prayer language that consists of what I described, maybe you're not being called to be an intercessor? I dunno. All I know is what the Holy Spirit has taught me. If you want a prayer language, just ask for it, I'm sure Father will give to those whom ask of Him. God Bless you in seeking this out. Ask Father if this is truth, let Him show you.
---Donna9759 on 7/14/06


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I must add my sense of humor to this blog. While teaching on Paul and Silas and how they got thrown into jail, I came to the conclusion that they had to do the Jailhouse Rock in order to get the Holy Spirit to shake the place down and then they were set free. Just a bit of humor. POINT IS: YES, that was the Holy Spirit present in that place.
---Donna9759 on 7/13/06


Donna...that is an interesting interpretation of that scripture. It still does not convince me there is a "prayer language" especially since Jesus said "When you pray go to your secret place" Out loud prayers were shunned by the Messiah He said "Do not pray like the Saudecees who stand in public for all to see."
---Ryan on 7/13/06


Ryan, in the gospel of Mark, Chapter 16:17 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; and Paul says; Pray at all times in the Spirit. You start out in your prayer language in tongues, then you go from that into the Spirit, thus, praying in the Spirit, but first you pray in tongues. Ryan, I'd be glad to demonstrate you the difference, stop by my house if you want. Be glad to show you how we pray in our house.
---Donna9759 on 7/13/06


Thank you Mima for your ministry that most don't want to do! Hearing those gates shut must be scary!
God bless you abundantly for bringing God's word to these lost souls.
---NV_Barbara on 7/12/06


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I am just refering to scripture. Tongues were given for the spreading of the gospel to foreign lands, not to be used as a show of salvation. Donna I am curious where in scripture does it mention tongues being the beginning of a prayer language?
---Ryan on 7/12/06


The Bible says the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. In other words if given that gift/enablement by the HG before becoming a criminal then they are still in them, lying dormant until a time comes the HG moves upon them in that way again. If one has been touched by God's hand before, they are more tender to the move of the Spirit.
---Darlene_1 on 7/12/06


Glad you told this Mima, the Holy Spirit has NO boundries!

I was wondering just this week how many inmates read and write on CN blogs. Many have access to a computer, all those incarcerated, raise your hands! We know you need special prayer! God bless you!
---NV_Barbara on 7/12/06


How wonderful and amazing! This may be the first time some of these people are excercising gifts.
Ryan. Do you think that in every case of speaking in tongues there needs to be interpretation or is Paul refering to the speaker in an assembly?
---john on 7/12/06


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Ryan, make sure you tell the Holy Spirit about HIS guidelines HE must follow..lol. That is ridiculous to tell someone that, when this has nothing to do with prophesying in tongues. They were beginning their prayer language as the Holy Spirit fell upon them. The Holy Spirit can move, and do whatever He wants, whenever HE wants, to whomever He wants to. SOUNDS LIKE HOLY SPIRIT MOVED IN A MIGHTY WAY, THANK YOU HOLY SPIRIT, Praise you Father, for all your ways are wonderous. Great and Mighty are you O Lord.
---Donna9759 on 7/12/06


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