Monday, 6 July 2020

Praying in Tongues

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14 v 2: "For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries."

There is somehow a lot of controversy surrounding the gifts of the Holy Spirit but one of the most controversial is that of speaking or praying or singing in tongues.  Tongues can be in a known or unknown language but when they are interpreted through the gift of interpretation of tongues, it is never a direct translation.

I personally received this gift in 1978 and it has been a constant source of joy and blessing to me. Whenever I am faced with a complex situation which baffles me, I pray in an unknown tongue directly to the Throne of God in Heaven. Neither I nor Satan know what I said so he can't mess with it, and neither can I. Before long my spirit is flooded with inspiration and my mind becomes fruitful with answers, wisdom and direction from our Father.

Some churches teach that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit of God were just needed until the Bible was completed and available and that any knowledge you receive through tongues is outside of Bible knowledge and therefore not Godly. This is the controversy and it is wrong.

In Acts 19 when Paul saw certain disciples baptizing converts he asked if they had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and they said they had not heard anything about the Holy Spirit. He then baptized them in the name of Jesus and in the Holy Spirit and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

Speaking in tongues has become the accepted sign of the baptism in the Holy Spirit but in a few instances I have noticed a gift like discerning of spirits emerging ahead of tongues. Over the 42 years since I received the Holy Spirit and tongues I have seen every gift of the Spirit operate in my life when it was required. I could never deny that this is not Godly because the fruit of the ministry was always so powerful.  God alone gets the glory because He handles everything.

One little girl was healed of an inoperable tumour the size of an orange on her spine. Instantly healed. A women who was raped daily by 4 members of her family from age of 2 to 16 fell into a trance for 45 minutes - 1 minute for every year of her life - and emerged with her memory and soul wiped clean of every trauma by Jesus. A man who had ten or more homosexual acts daily with different men, who had a pregnant wife and wanted Jesus to make him straight, was instantly set free.

These are a few that stand out to me but the Holy Spirit works without ceasing and in unknown places and I could fill books with the miracles I have witnessed. Jesus does the work when I do my part which is to pray in my closet, especially in tongues.

When you pray or speak in tongues you speak from your spirit to God in mighty words of worship and adoration. In John 4 v 24 Jesus says God is a spirit; they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. I know no other way to worship God in spirit than through tongues.

We can sing praises all day long with our mouths and all our heart but when you sing in tongues it transcends this world and you join the angels in Heaven to worship the Father and Jesus. There is nothing to equal it.

Paul said that he spoke in tongues more than anyone and wished that everyone spoke in tongues because it builds up your spirit. It accelerates your spiritual growth and increases your knowledge of ministry of the Holy Spirit. Paul also said that people should rather prophesy in the church or interpret the tongues so that everyone could be edified.

The number of people bringing a message in tongues or prophesying in the church should be limited to three per meeting. Apparently the Corinthians were getting carried away in this regard and it left no time for preaching and meeting ministry needs.  This whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 14 was from Paul to correct their errors!

The congregation were able to judge those prophecies and if they did not witness to the truth they could object. That never happens today where in some charismatic churches a 65% accuracy in prophecy is 100% acceptable. To man perhaps but not to God.

Speaking in tongues is a beautiful and powerful gift from God that must not be abused. It is a language which flows and is never harsh or gutteral. The enemy in satanic covens also has a form of tongues. It sounds extremely harsh and ugly and chills the spine. Various cults like the Mormons also have a form of tongues but it is not a gift of the Holy Spirit.  We must try the spirits to make sure its from God.

Use the gifts of God wisely and frequently to His glory and worship which will open Heaven for spiritual blessings to rain down. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father thank You for all the years I have been able to worship You in spirit and receive Your abundant blessings. Please fill those who desire it with the Holy Spirit and bless them with tongues and all the other gifts too. In Jesus' name. Amen.