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The Bride's Advantage: Our Secret Weapon—Praying in the Holy Ghost

William Branham

William Branham

William Branham Evangelistic Association

October 7, 2023 · 17 min read

John 4:24 God is a Spirit : and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit , and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart

Proverbs 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

  • Belly: innermost being, inward parts, heart

1 Corinthians 6:17 (KJVS) But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:17 (AMP) But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.

Isaiah 28:11-12 11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12 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.

Mark 16:15-18 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues ; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Mark 16:17 (AMP) 17 And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages;

An Exposition Of The Seven Church Ages

Chapter 7 · The Sardisean Church Age

Yes, the Spirit is not seven Spirits but ONE. He will always be the same and act the same. And the seven messengers will have the same Spirit and teach the same Word and have the same power. And if the church is the true church it will have the very same Spirit and Word and acts of power that they had at Pentecost. By experience it will be a Pentecostal church; and there will be tongues, and interpretation and prophecy and healings. God will be in the midst of her and God will declare Himself in the midst of her as He always has. Hallelujah! And she will be UNorganized. Don’t forget that.

1 Corinthians 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

1 Corinthians 12:28 (AMP) So God has appointed some in the church [for His own use]: first apostles (special messengers); second prophets (inspired preachers and expounders); third teachers; then wonder-workers; then those with ability to heal the sick; helpers; administrators; [speakers in] different (unknown) tongues.

Acts 2:5-6 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

1 Corinthians 14:22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

1 Corinthians 13:1 (KJV) Though I speak with the** tongues of men and of angels,** and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

God’s Provided Way Of Dealing With Sin

54-0305 · Phoenix, Arizona

34 … And Jesus when He died spoke in an unknown tongue,“My God, My God why hast Thou forsaken Me?” He was God’s lamb dying on the altar, the Innocent for the guilty, God dealing with sin in that manner.

Questions And Answers On Genesis

53-0729 · Jeffersonville, Indiana

…That’s exactly right. Jesus Christ, the resurrected Son of God, can speak with other tongues through you, He can prophesy through you, He can show visions through you, He can interpret unknown languages through you. And all of that is part of Him.

The Voice Of God In This Last Days

63-0120M · Phoenix, Arizona

4 But, you know, I’ve noticed that all the—the birds all sing in English, dogs bark in English, babies cry in English. I wonder what’s the matter with us anyhow. ** But each one of us think that our— our language will be the Millennium language, of course. ** ** But we who have received the Holy Ghost, that is true, ‘cause we have a Heavenly language.**

Faith Is Our Victory

58-1004 · Jeffersonville, Indiana

84 And in this place, could I imagine you going around, some of you slang-using Christians, using smutty, dirty words, and yet belonging to church? Could I imagine you going over to another land, and then going around through America, learning all the American slang that you know, could hear about? Certainly, you wouldn’t. The thing you would be trying to do, would be learn a few words of that language over there, that’s right, as much to say, “How do you do?” anyhow.

85 And I think it would —it would behoove Christians more, today, if they were trying to learn some Heavenly language, the praises of God, that we’re going to ** sing over There, and enjoy.** And the people that does not believe in shouting, what would you do when you get over There? You would be so out of place. Better get faith, and overcome now, for faith is the victory that overcomes.

The Prophet Elisha

54-0723 · Chicago, Illinois

But there’s one Kingdom that we believe that is a coming soon: the Lord Jesus Christ to set up an everlasting Kingdom. And all nations of the world that’s saved will live in that Kingdom. There’ll be one flag, one nation, one people, speaking one language; that’s the heavenly language. And the…And that will be the people at that time.

1 Corinthians 12:6-7 (AMP) 6 And there are distinctive varieties of operation [of working to accomplish things], but it is the same God Who inspires and energizes them all in all. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the [Holy] Spirit [the evidence, the spiritual illumination of the Spirit] for good and profit.

1 Corinthians 14:2 (KJV) For he that speaketh in an unknown tongues speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

1 Corinthians 14:2 (AMP) For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding].

The Supernatural Spiritual Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8-10)

  1. Word of wisdom

  2. Word of knowledge

  3. Faith

  4. Gifts of healings

  5. Working of miracles

  6. Prophecy

  7. Discerning of spirits

  8. Divers kinds of tongues**

  9. Interpretation of tongues**

1 Corinthians 14:4 (KJV) He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; ** but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.**

Jude 20-25 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Jude 20 (AMP) But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit;

Romans 8:26-27 (KJV) 26 Likewise the Spirit also HELPETH our INFIRMITIES : for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh INTERCESSION for us with GROANINGS which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 27 And he that *SEARCHETH the hearts *KNOWETH what is the *MIND of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:26-27 (AMP) So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance. 27An He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the [Holy] Spirit [what His intent is], because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will.

Questions And Answers

61-1015M · Jeffersonville,Indiana

89 It’s just like if you speak with tongues, and there’s no interpreter in the church, why, you’re not supposed to speak in the church ’less there’s somebody to interpret the tongues. But if you speak in tongues, and there’s no interpreter…Why, use… you… Wherever you’re in prayer, at your home or wherever you are, speak then, because “He that speaketh in unknown tongues edifieth himself.” It gives him consolation. See? He feels good, because he is standing there praying and the first thing you know, the Holy Spirit come upon he or she and they begin to speak in tongues. And their soul was rejoicing and happy because they—they spoke in tongues. See?

90 Why, that was—that was—wasn’t just a sign that God was going to answer the prayer that you was praying for, but it was a sign that the Holy Spirit’s hearing you. It’s a—it’s…He knows you; He’s with you. That’s the same thing I would apply to this. The Holy Spirit giving you a—a blessing.

91 Here some time ago. The last time I spoke with tongues, as I can remember, was…I was…It’s been about three or four years ago. I was in Illinois, and Billy come after me for—to go to a—the prayer line up at Zion City. And I was burdened on my heart, and I knelt down and started to pray. And while I was praying, I—I heard Billy come up and knock at the door. And I said, “Billy I—I can’t go now.” And he went out there and set down.

92 And I was praying, my heart so burdened; I—I couldn’t go to church like that. And see, usually sometimes He gives me a vision show me something’s going to happen, but He didn’t do it then. And I was just praying away in the room there, and I heard someone talking. I quit praying. I listened, and there’s somebody at the door, they was…Sounded like a foreign language, like German or Low Dutch, or something; it was so fast, chattery. I listened again, and I thought, “Well, somebody’s come up there talking to that motel man in German; maybe he’ll answer him back.”

93 And I just quit praying, leaning over a chair like this, listening, and he just kept on talking. I thought, “Well, wonder why there’s somebody don’t answer back.” And I listened; I thought, “Well now, isn’t that strange.”

94 There was a weight scales down the road, and I heared that fellow down there hollering, “Drive off!” you know, and, “Drive on!” I turned around, looked out that way, and I did, I felt my mouth. Come to find out, I was the one doing the talking. It was me. And I just kept real still, not knowing not one thing. I had no more control of what I was saying than nothing, knowed not one thing I was saying, not a thing. I just…My mouth was moving, I was speaking some kind of a language. I just held real still. After while it quit. And when it quit, oh my, I felt like I could scream out, I just—just so happy. I don’t know why, but the burden all left me.

95 So I went on to the church then, called Billy. And when I got to the church…Mr. Baxter then was the manager of the meeting. And he was a—been singing, waiting. I was over half-hour late. And I told him that I was just late. He—he seen I’d been weeping, and he said, “What’s the matter?”

96 And I said, “Nothing.” And I went on and just about ten minutes, a woman come in at the back of the auditorium, and she was about to take the place back there. And when we checked up with the woman, to find out, she was on her road from Twin Cities (St. Paul and Minneapolis, somewhere, one of those cities), the…She was so bad with TB to the—the ambulance would not dare to bring her, her lungs were in such a condition, just gel. And so a couple of brethren got an old Chevrolet car, and took the back seat out, and fixed her a cot in there someway, or bed, and laid her on it, and was bringing her to the meeting. She wanted to come.

97 The doctors had give her up. And on the road over…They told her the least little bump, she’ll go into a hemorrhage, and that’s it. And she went into a hemorrhage. And they had taken her out and had laid her on a grass flat. And the saints were standing there praying over the woman. And she was just…Every time she’d breathe, it just gurgling; the blood would blow out of her mouth, like that.

98 And all of a sudden, she was instantly healed! And she jumped up from there and started rejoicing, come on to the church. And there she was back there testifying, back in the back.

99 I said, “What time was that?” And when she gave the time, of what time it was, it was the very same time that that speaking was going through me. Well, what was it? It was the Holy Spirit making intercession for that woman there! See what I mean?

100 Now, the Bible says that. Sometimes we mutter words; we don’t know what we’re talking about. But it’s the Holy Spirit in there moving out, making intercession for things that we do not understand. See?

101 And the women was instantly healed. We heared from her for a long time from there. She’s perfectly well, got all right.

102 Now, you see God knows where those things are, and He has a way of doing it. See? He has His own way of doing it. We must just submit ourselves to what He does.

  • We can also PRAY in the SPIRIT with UNDERSTANDING!

1 Corinthians 14:13-20 (KJV) 13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 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. 16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? 17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified. 18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: 19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. 20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

1 Corinthians 14:13-15 (AMP) 13 Therefore, the person who speaks in an [unknown] tongue should pray [for the power] to interpret and explain what he says. 14 For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive [it bears no fruit and helps nobody]. 15 Then what am I to do? I will pray with my spirit [by the a Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will also pray [intelligently] with my mind and understanding; I will sing with my spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will sing [intelligently] with my mind and understanding also.

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

Ephesians 6:18 (AMP) Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).


61-0308 · Richmond, Virginia

11 So we believe that prayer is the most powerful weapon that was ever put in the care of a human being. You know, prayer one time changed the mind of God. Did you know that? It sure did.

It Is The Rising Of The Sun

65-0418M · Jeffersonville, Indiana

205 Notice, now, if that Spirit that raised up Jesus from the grave, dwells in you, you potentially have Life; led by the Spirit, to quicken the Word to you, to believe It. The little thing keeps pushing up as it grows.

206 Notice, at Pentecost, their bodies were quickened to a new Life. Look at a bunch of little cowards.

209 But, all of a sudden, the Dynamics come. Yes. And what did It do? It not only filled their spirit, inside, but It quickened their mechanics. Their bodies were quickened. They were no more cowards. They went right out in the face of the people. Yes, sir. “You men of Judaea, and you that dwell in Jerusalem!” Where, before the Dynamics come, they were just mechanics. See? “Ye men that dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known unto you, and hearken to my words! These are not drunk, as you suppose.”

210 I’m one of them. This is That! I’ll show you what it is. It’s the Scripture. This is That! And I’ve always said, “If this ain’t That, let me keep this till That comes.”

211 “No, this is That that was spoken of by the prophet Joel, ‘and it’ll come to pass in the last days, saith God, I’ll pour out My Spirit upon all flesh.’” See, the Dynamics come into the mechanics. They wasn’t afraid no more.

213 It changed them. It quickened them. It made them different. They were a changed people, from then on. It quickened them, from an old life of being a coward, to like the Lion of the tribe of Judah. They absolutely faced martyrdom, nailed to crosses, crucified upside-down, burnt, throwed in the lions’ den. No more cowards, about them. Death had no victory over them, at all. The Dynamics was in the mechanics. Yes, sir. It quickened their mortal body.

214 Now listen. Here is another thing, for proof. It so quickened them in such a way till (you know what?) they was lifted up in Heavenly places, and their mortal bodies was so quickened till their language changed. It only… It quickened their language. That’s what the Bible said. And, their mortal bodies being quickened, their language was quickened. Their thoughts were quickened. Their spirits were quickened. Their life were quickened. They were quickened, altogether! They tried to talk, and couldn’t talk in any more human languages. They was so quickened up in the Presence of God till they spoke in new tongue, a Heavenly language. Whew! What a quickening Power!

215 “If the Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you,” oh, hallelujah, “It will quicken your mortal body.” It’ll make you do things you didn’t do before. They was full of quickening Power then. See?

216 Your body ain’t subject to sin no more; you, your desires.

The Seventh Seal

63-0324E · Jeffersonville, Indiana

And in Sabino Canyon, He said, “This is the Third Pull.”

300 And there’s three great things that goes with It. And one unfolded today, or, yesterday; the other one unfolded today; and there’s one thing that I cannot interpret, because it’s in an unknown language. But I stand right there and looked right straight at It. And this is the Third Pull coming up. [Brother Branham knocks on the pulpit three times—Ed.] And the Holy Spirit of God… Oh, my! That’s the reason all Heaven was silent.

301 Now, I—I better stop right here, see. I just—I just feel checked, not to say no more about It. See?

302 So, just remember, the Seventh Seal, the reason It was not opened. [Brother Branham knocks on the pulpit six times—Ed.] See, the reason It did not reveal It, no one should know about It.