Praying in Tongues, Is It for Real?
Are you a Christian? Do you pray in tongues? What are ‘tongues’ and why should you care?
If you already know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord, then you should absolutely want the gift of tongues.
I wasted years holding off on this. I was born again, loved the Lord, but that tongues stuff was just too weird for me. I thought it was either some kind of occult thing or it was just a practice of the early church that went away with the first apostles.
Something kept quietly nagging me deep inside once in a while about it. I kept pushing it back thinking, ‘I’ll deal with that later.”
So later finally came when I began to follow Derek Prince on YouTube. I got into the habit of listening to him teach as I fell asleep at night. I loved what I was learning so much! I entered a new dimension of my walk with the Lord through all the things Derek taught. I ordered a workbook from his ministry called Self Study Bible Course on basics of the Christian faith, and this workbook included the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Well, after I finished Study No. 7, I couldn’t deny any longer that speaking and praying in tongues was for me. It is a gift. A free gift of the Holy Spirit. But it only comes to those Christians who are baptized, or filled, with the Holy Spirit.
In Luke 11:13 we learn what good gift God the Father will give to all His children who ask Him. It’s the Holy Spirit Himself!! All we need to do is ask the Father, in Jesus name and believe that we have what we ask! We know we are asking according to His will so we know we have the Holy Ghost! Yes, it is by faith. But the Christian walk is a faith walk. Faith is the only way to please our God. He is a faith God!
My little study went on to show me that the first thing that happened when the Holy Spirit fell upon the disciples on Pentecost is that they began to speak with other tongues! Acts 2:4 Wow! Same thing happened to the people that Peter was preaching to in the house of Cornelius. They began to speak in tongues!
Paul himself declares in his letter to the Corinthian Christians (1 Corinthians 14:18) that he spoke in tongues ‘more than
you all.’ He also says that all Christians can pray in tongues, and he wishes that they did! 1 Corinthians 14:5
When a Christian speaks or prays in tongues, he does 4 things:
1. He speaks to God. It’s like a secret love language between you and God that not even the devil can hack into!
2. He speaks mysteries in the spirit. That means the Christian’s spirit, with the help of the Holy Ghost, speaks things to God that not even his own intellectual mind knows that he needs to talk to God about.
3. He edifies himself. This simply means that he builds himself up. Becomes stronger and stronger in the Lord and in His Spirit. He grows in his spiritual walk with God.
4. Jude teaches us that praying in tongues builds our faith.
The book of 1 Corinthians in the Bible has a lot to say about praying in tongues. I also learned much about this subject from my other mentor, Kenneth E. Hagin. If you ever wondered how anyone could possibly spend hours in prayer, it’s because they pray ‘in the Spirit.’ The Holy Spirit takes over and prays in your spirit, through you and for you.
After an honest look at all this evidence, I told the Lord, “Lord, please fill me with your Holy Spirit. If You want me to pray in tongues then I will obey You. I will feel foolish, but Lord, I’ll gladly feel foolish for You.” I opened my mouth and let the Holy Spirit fill it with His language and His prayers. I have never looked back. I was missing so much!
The wonderful Amplified Bible says, “…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.
And He (God) Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the Holy Spirit (what His intent is), because the Spirit intercedes and pleads before God in behalf of the saints (that’s us, Christians…did you know God considers us all saints after we are born again?) according to and in harmony with God’s will.
If you are a Christian who has not yet been filled with the Holy Ghost, nor spoken or prayed in a private prayer language to our Lord, don’t wait another day! Your walk with God will deepen and grow like never before. The gifts of the Holy Spirit will begin to manifest in your life. God will be so real to you! Just step out in faith, like a child, and so what if you feel a little foolish? It doesn’t last long, I promise!