Summary: What is up with tongues issue?
What is the bible say about "tongues?" Is there a difference between "praying in tongues and speaking in tongues? What is the purpose of praying in tongues? Is it for every believer? Is it for today? These are the questions that every Christian at some point ask themselves. I will discuss what I believe about each of these questions and I will give you my biblical backing for tongues.
So, What does the bible exactly say about tongues? In Isaiah 28: 11 it says ... with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people. In Mark 16:17 Jesus commands us to "speak in new tongues." In Acts 2, we read about 120 people getting baptized in the Holy Spirit and they all spoke in tongues. [Vs4] In Acts 10, we see The Holy Spirit being poured out and they were speaking in tongues. [Vs. 44-46] In Acts 19:6 it says When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. Paul tells us 1 Cor. 14 that when we speak in tongues we literally are speaking the mysteries of Christ. He goes on to say "I would like every one of you to speak in tongues...." [Vs. 5] He went on to say, "I will pray with my spirit; but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing with my spirit; but I will also sing with my mind." [Vs. 15] he instructs us that tongues are for the lost as a demonstration of God’s power. [Vs. 22]
Is there a difference between "praying in tongues" and "speaking in tongues?" YES! There is a difference! Praying in tongues is for you to be empowered for the harvest. Speaking in tongues are in the Assembly for a delivery of the rhema or prophetic word for that body. In the second chapter of Acts, The Holy Spirit sweep in like a rushing wind and all of them receive a prayer language. Paul said later that when we don’t know what to pray, we can just pray in tongues and the Holy Spirit will pray what our heart cries out for [Romans 8:26-27] Speaking in tongues is the prophetic gifting of the Holy Spirit. When Paul said, "do all speak in tongues?" [1 Cor. 12:30] he was making reference to the prophetic gift of tongues when a person stands up in the Assembly in shouts a message in their prayer language. Then someone else stands up and in English or whatever native tongue, they tell what the Spirit said in the message of tongues. This is the gift that some have and some don’t.
So, What is the purpose of tongues anyways? In Acts 1:8 we read.... When the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. When the Holy Spirit came some 50 days later, they all spoke in tongues. [Acts 2:4] My take on that is this: The Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues is not for you but for the harvest. It was like Jesus was saying "When I pour out on you in a few weeks, don’t be selfish you are give away the anointing and I will give you more" A kingdom principal is the more you give away, the more you get! The more anointing you give away to the world, the more anointing God will pour out into your life. I believe when you pray in tongues, that is when The Holy Spirit tells "Go to Wal-Mart and there is going to be a 14 year old boy ripe for harvest" or "Go to Main St. and turn left for there is a homeless man that needs the hope to live another day." I believe that God gives us tongue so he can reveal his plan for evangelism for own personal ministry. Every spirit filled Christian has been to have an evangelistic ministry according to Mark 16:15. It is the philosophy of Forerunner Generation Ministries before we do any work of the kingdom, we will pray in tongues of men and angels. I pray in tongues of men to serve notice on the devil. I speak in tongues of Angels to allow God to show what the specific order of the meeting. This allows God to show me what his will for the specific meeting is. God has revealed to me when I was praying for a meeting in tongues things like "I want to heal people with diabetes tonight" or "I want to set people free from religion."