Summary: Speaking in tongues sounds so foolish and it is for that reason many Christians do not speak or pray in tongues. However, it activates a power that unfolds the secrets and mysteries that God has in His heart for each and every one of His children
Speaking in tongues sounds so foolish and it is for that reason many Christians do not speak or pray in tongues. However, it activates a power that unfolds the secrets and mysteries that God has in His heart for each and every one of His children.
1. Praying in tongues is speaking to God
1 Corinthians 14:2 - But he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no-one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
2. Praying in tongues is God speaking to you
Tongues is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This is where God speaks to an individual or to a formal gathering by means of the gift of interpretation.
3. Praying in tongues builds you up
1 Corinthians 14:4 - He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself.
Jude 20 - But you, beloved, building yourself up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.
Speaking in tongues is a wonderful benefit because it builds us up when we are down. Regardless of our present circumstances, we are empowered to rise above any despondency or discouragement.
4. Praying in tongues is a lifestyle
Ephesians 5:18 - And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled continually with the Spirit.
Speaking in tongues is a lifestyle that should be practiced often. It should be present in your daily devotions and prayer. It is definitely not a once-off experience but something that must be engaged in willfully and obediently every day. It should always form part of your daily prayer routine.
1 Corinthians 14:18 - I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
5. Praying in tongues places you in God’s will
Romans 8:26 – 28 - Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called to His purpose.
6. Praying in tongues can be done in public
1 Corinthians 14:22 - Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers…
7. Praying with the Spirit is not a sophisticated tongue
Tongues is not a sophisticated language and believers should not practice their tongue in order for it to become mature. Praying in tongues is always going to sound foolish, but it releases the power of God.
8. Praying with the Spirit is not gibberish
When you pray in tongues you are not speaking gibberish. Tongues are foolish to ordinary people but it is the power of God in your Christian walk. It may not sound like a language, but it is. It is a heavenly language that communicates with God.
9. Praying in tongues is not hypnotic
Speaking in tongues is not hypnotic and a person who is speaking in tongues or singing in tongues is not chanting.
When the Spirit of God comes on flesh, there can be fleshly or emotional outbursts. People may look like they are mesmerized, but they are not.