20 Reasons Why It Is So Important To Speak In Tongues

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Being baptized in the Holy Spirit does not make one believer better than another. There are no inferior believers in God’s Kingdom.

But what the Baptism in the Holy Spirit does do is create an advantage. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit and more specifically, speaking in tongues, gives access to greater realms of God which benefits us deeply and those around us profoundly.

This post is not an apologetic defending Spirit baptism but its for those who have experienced the fullness of the Spirit and want to go deeper in understanding it’s power and benefits.

In this article, I’ll share with you two lists. The first list defines five general, yet very important reasons, about what happens when we speak in tongues. The second list gives much more specific reasons why it’s so important to engage the Spirit by speaking in tongues.

Five General Reasons to Speak in Tongues:

1. When we are speaking in tongues, we are speaking directly to God.

This answers the, ‘who am I speaking to when I pray in tongues?”. When we are speaking in tongues, we are speaking in a language God has given us to speak to him with.

1 Corinthians 14:2 “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God,”

2. When we speak in tongues, we are speaking mysteries.

Mysteries are invitations into greater depths of God’s heart and greater realms of revelation. We begin to get access to these mysteries by praying in the spirit.

1 Corinthians 14:2“… in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

3. When we speak in tongues, we strengthen ourselves.

When we speak in tongues we are given the ability to strengthen, i.e. bulk up, the spirit man.

1 Corinthians 14:4 “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself,”

Jude 20 “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

4. When we speak in tongues, we build capacity for God.

Praying in the spirit widens our capacity for the life of God and builds and strengthens our connection with our spirits and God’s.

Ephesians 3:16, 19 “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man… 19 “… to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

5. When we speak in tongues, we experience personal transformation.

The Holy Spirit has come to not only empower the believer but to make them more like the Jesus. Sin’s influence weakens as we make room to strengthen our spirits ushering us into the Power of Christ within us.

Romans 8:29 “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

Here are twenty reasons why speaking in tongues is so important:

  1. Tongues were the visible proof that the disciples received the Holy Spirit (Acts 2).
  2. Tongues were the sign that Christ’s church had been born in both to the Jew (Acts 2) and the Gentile (Acts 10).
  3. Speaking in tongues is what convinced both Peter and the governing church authority (the Apostles) that the Gentiles are saved and could be saved (Acts 11).
  4. Speaking in tongues was a vital part of both the Apostle Paul’s life and teaching (1 Cor. 14:18).
  5. Speaking in tongues is tied to the Gospel of Marks great commission (Mark 16:14–20).
  6. Speaking in tongues is the supernatural language given by God to believers thus it is the language of the God’s Spirit and His Kingdom.
  7. Speaking in tongues gives us gives us spirit to spirit communication with God (Rom. 8:26-27).
  8. Speaking in tongues allows us to access the mysteries of God (1 Cor. 14:2).
  9. Praying in tongues is the number one way believers strengthen themselves (1 Cor. 14:2).
  10. Speaking in tongues tames the tongue which James says in the most unruly member of the body (James 3:1–12).
  11. Praying in tongues is always the perfect prayer (Rom. 8:26-27).
  12. Praying in tongues releases miraculous intercession for people whom we know and those we don’t.
  13. Praying in tongues is governmental because it accesses the heart of God and prays what He wants to do on earth (Rom. 8:26-27).
  14. The gift of tongues and interpretation of tongues is used by the Holy Spirit to both edify and strengthen the church (1 Cor. 12, 14).
  15. Speaking in tongues can actually lead people to repentance.
  16. Praying in tongues is the main way we fulfill the mandate to pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17).
  17. Speaking in tongues is part of our spiritual armor (Eph. 6:18).
  18. Praying in tongues brings our spirit into unity with God’s purposes.
  19. Praying in the Spirit renews our minds.
  20. Praying in tongues builds the interior life of the believer.

Hopefully, these two lists will help you start and/or strengthen your journey in living out the Spirit-filled life.

Question: How has praying in the Spirit benefited you? What has been your journey? Are their questions you still have about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit? 

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  • Barbie

    Dec 1, 2014

    So good! When I don’t know how to pray, or when I am overcome with emotion and unable to pray, I speak in tongues until I feel release. It’s the “Spirit” who gives me utterance when I am otherwise unable to pray.

    • Greg Simas

      Dec 1, 2014

      Thanks for the comment. It feels good to start writing again. Regarding speaking in tongues and praying in the spirit, I’m learning to start my time with the Lord praying in the Spirit. For me, I left praying in the spirit as the last resort but I’m discovering that when it’s the first thing I do my time with the Lord is that much better. Thanks again for jumping on the blog and sharing! 🙂

    • Rev. stephen owusu

      May 5, 2016

      Good morning dady, how are you doing, i hope by the grace of God you are doing well. By he way, am a Rev. Minister in Ghana and you have made me understand what the tongues mean and the work of it, thank you very much. Thank you, God bless you.

  • Jacob Varughese

    Dec 2, 2014

    Dear Pas. Greg,
    Its an awesome post about the importance of speaking in tongues and has inspired me to give more emphasis and apply constantly. Thank you for listing at least 20 reasons here, it could not keep track of them all on Sunday.
    Jesus is so awesome, thank you for going after this. I feel you are following His heart well. Grateful for you being my pastor.


    • Greg Simas

      Dec 2, 2014

      Thanks Jacob. I’m glad you are putting an emphasis on this. Increase time praying in the spirit, you’ll be glad you did!

      • William Zamora

        May 2, 2016

        I’ve been a Christian for 21 years.. I’m one of God’s Generals in his army and I had read the entire Bible 151 times and did not know the power or effectiveness of tongues until you gave specific answers thank you tremendously..

        • Greg Simas

          May 27, 2016

          So awesome, William. I’m not even close to 151 times reading the entire Bible. Praise God you’ve read it that many times!

        • Corinne

          Feb 20, 2018

          Me either lol.

  • David

    Dec 2, 2014

    Please prove to me through scripture that “praying in the spirit is the perfect prayer.”

    • Greg Simas

      Dec 2, 2014

      Romans 8:26-27 says, “26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered 27 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.”

      It’s the perfect prayer because the Holy Spirit is praying for us according to the perfect will of God. God is speaking to God. Praying in the Spirit is a perfect prayer because it’s prayer made by God to God whom is perfect in every way. Blessings!

      • David

        Dec 2, 2014

        Thank you for the response. I do pray in the Spirit and with my understanding. There is a danger of getting lazy in prayer if you only and always pray in tongues. Especially when laying on of hands. Those receiving the prayer need to know what you are praying over them so they can be encouraged in their faith. Also if I’m partnering in prayer, I want to hear my partner pray in my understanding so I can agree with them.

        • Greg Simas

          Dec 2, 2014

          I fully agree with you David. It’s important for every believer to be led by the Spirit. What you described in your comment is very reasonable and lends itself practically to ministry among one another as a body of believers.

        • Corinne

          Feb 20, 2018

          I’m glad that you brought this up as I thought the same thing. I used to think that God would get upset with me because I mostly prayed in tongues.
          I used to abhor the way I prayed, comparing my prayers to others.
          God told me that I have a child like heart & simplicity of heart.
          He showed me not to complicate prayer. To pray simply without fancy words etc. I still struggle with my natural prayers a bit. But do you believe that if I continue to pray in the spirit, my natural prayers will make better sense especially for others? I believe that it will. And I now realise that comparing myself to other believers has a pride element attatched to it. God bless

      • Corinne

        Feb 20, 2018

        Spot on accurate Pastor.

  • Zachary Wagner

    Dec 3, 2014

    One of my favorite articles you’ve written, Pastor Greg. It has been common practice for me to pray in tongues for hours every day, not always at one time but when I am at work or in the car or on my walks a lot of it is spent praying in the Spirit. I love that you started the article by saying that being baptized in the Holy Spirit does not make us better than other believers, that’s such a good word! It doesn’t make us better but it definitely gives us access to deeper realm of Daddy’s heart. Like all other power gifts and Spirit manifestations, when we speak in tongues with a transformed mind and a devoted heart we have the ability to release things into the atmosphere that can literally partner with the Father to change lives. Amen!

    • Greg Simas

      Dec 4, 2014

      Hi Zachary, so great to hear that you spend that much time praying in the Spirit. It brings up a good point, that is, it’s not too hard to maintain a vibrant prayer life by praying in the Spirit I think we just need to be made more aware of it and engage when we are reminded. That’s how we learn to “walk in the Spirit” as scripture commands us to do.

  • Dan Black

    Dec 7, 2014

    When I don’t know what to pray about, I speak in tongues. The Holy Spirit knows what I should be praying and requesting God. Great post!

    • Greg Simas

      Dec 8, 2014

      Awesome to hear, Dan. Glad you move in the fulness of the Spirit.

  • Diego

    Jul 21, 2015

    I Believe fully in the Death and ressurection of Jesus Christ and have asked for forgiveness and repented truly. I was raised Catholic and baptized as a baby but I feel like I could not declare my faith truly. I also disagree with many of the Catholic teachings and I want to be baptized in a Bible Believing Trinity Believing Church. Will then I be able to speak and pray in tongues?

    • Greg Simas

      Jul 24, 2015

      Hi Diego, The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a promise (gift) given for those believers who ask. When you are born-again the Spirit of God dwells IN you. When you are baptized in the Holy Spirit the Spirit dwells ON you. Read Acts 1 and 2 for a reference point. So I encourage you to just ask the Lord to baptize you with the Holy Spirit and ask Him for your prayer language. Hope this helps!

  • Jenebiwari Ogolo

    Sep 22, 2015

    Thank you pastor I do pray in tongues. But after reading the post I desired more of praying in tongues. Today I pray for hours without stopping.

  • Matthew Fulton

    Nov 23, 2015

    Pastor Greg, hello! I want to learn how to pray in tongues because I see how essential it is in in the Word of God in the apostles’ teachings. I’ve been fighting impulsive swearing and blaspheming of God in my mind and I just want it to end and I want to be clean for the Spirit to speak. I declare the end of this evil in my mind in Jesus’ name, Amen.

    • Greg Simas

      Nov 28, 2015

      That’s good, Matthew. I believe if you just exercise praying in the Spirit, much of what you are facing will have less and less of an impact and your mind will find rest in the peace of God. Blessings!

  • Andy

    Dec 26, 2015

    Pator Greg. Thank you for your post. It is simple and easy to understand and follow. I am enlightened about the importamce and need to speak in tongues. Please how can I receive the gist of the Holy Spirit and be able to speak in tongues.

    • Greg Simas

      Feb 1, 2016

      Hi Andy. First of all, sorry for the long delay… I just got in a log jam through the month of January. 😉

      I’m glad the post provided some insight for you. Here is a short answer on how to receive the gift of the The Holy Spirit.

      1. Ask.
      “Father, I ask in the name of Jesus that You would baptize me in the Holy Spirit. I recognize that this is a free gift for me to receive. So I ask that you would fill with the fullness of God. I want to speak in tongues, I want to prophesy, I want all that you have for me. Thank You for the good gifts that You give”

      Luke 11:13 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

      2. Receive by faith. Again, being baptized in the Holy Spirit is not based on merit by received by faith. Relax, Rest and Worship

      3. Yield to God. As the Holy Spirit rises within you. Speak out what God is enabling you to say. We do the speaking and the Holy Spirit gives us what to say.

      • gottbekannt

        Oct 23, 2017

        I have tried all these steps many times, have been prayed over by many people who have this gift — with no results. What do you think I have to do?

        • Greg Simas

          Oct 24, 2017

          I believe you have received the Baptism but now you must pursue your spiritual language. Begin to thank the Lord for you receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and ask now for your prayer language. Hope this helps.

  • Amos onyeje

    Feb 1, 2016

    Thank you pastor Greg for this post. @Diego, you can still be fully baptised in the ghost and enjoy the full benefits of praying and speaking in tongues as a Catholic, I am a Catholic and a member of the Catholic charismatic renewal in the Catholic Church and by the grace of God am baptised in the holy ghost and speak and pray in tongues and it has really helped my prayer life. I will advice that u ask for the Catholic charismatic renewal in your parish and join, God bless you.

    • Greg Simas

      Feb 1, 2016

      Hi Amos. Real cool stuff here. I remember reading a book by Bennett about the charismatic breakout back in the late 60’s. Glad it’s still rolling! Thanks for sharing.

  • Gary

    Feb 13, 2016

    Is speaking in tounges a gift for anyone to receive or is it a spiritual gift for some people?

  • Karen Chubay

    Jun 16, 2016

    I have been teaching the bible the last 10 years in China and I definately believing in speaking in tongues but my question is “Isn’t it disrespectful to our Holy Awesome Father if we speak in Tongues as we drive or clean house or read the Bible?” When I am talking to someone I give them all my attention and I don’t spend hours talking in tongues because I work 8 hours a day, cook, clean, laundry, teach and prepare lessons for another 8 hours a day and then sleep. thank you for answering me because there are only a few people I know who speak in tongues and speak English here. Karen

    • Greg Simas

      Jul 3, 2016

      Hi Karen. Make sure your view of the holiness of God does not create barriers to the ease and approach to a loving Father who is eager to talk with us. Praying in the Spirit is a direct and unfiltered means of communication with God that in many ways transcends the ongoing activities of our day. I wouldn’t worry about what your doing while your praying in the Spirit, I would simple stay with it. God knows your heart and schedule.

  • Anita.

    Jun 23, 2016

    This is really amazing. Thank you Pastor Greg. I really desire to speak in tongues. God help me and may his spirit fill me.

  • janet mireku

    Aug 12, 2016

    Do we only have to speak in tongues to show that we are really baptised with the holy spirit

    • Greg Simas

      Aug 13, 2016

      Hi Janet. Not at all. We don’t speak in tongues to prove anything. Speaking in tongues is a gift to all believers to be used often in our every day life. The apostle Paul says, “I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you… (1 Cor. 14:18)”. Hope this helps!

  • Bright

    Dec 25, 2016

    Let’s stand up. Look someone in the eye, and think about how many times that person may have missed what God had for him. Join your hands if you can, with two or three people, and tell each other that there’s no need for any more defeat! We can overcome! There is enough power to overcome! Jesus has already finished the work.” Pray for each other that the Lord will help us to overcome. We should not lose. There is enough grace, enough power, for victory.

    Thank you, Jesus.

  • Juan P Mejia

    Feb 17, 2017

    There is more power in a drop of the blood of our Lord Jesus than in all of Satan’s kingdom.
    “Through Thee Will we push down our enemies; Through Thy NAME! Will we tread them under that rise up against us!! ”
    The Lord has recently brought me back. Satan wants believers to not pray in tongues. And if you do, to do it as little as possible. The more I pray in tongues the more I realize of that. A few years ago, when I received it, the Holy Ghost, “who is a person” revealed to me the fact that one of the reasons Satan and his minions hate this supernatural attestation of the Holy Ghost is because it gives us a tremendous edge! They can not understand it!! They can’t evesdrop your prayers! So ,is like they’re being bound, taking down, attacked, etc and they dont know who’s causing this or when they’re being attacked next! ” and the gates of Hell, shall not prevail against it!” What a a picture! A church, on the attack, not only going to hell itself but knocking down it’s gates! Not the other way around. Praying in tongues is also how we do spiritual warfare. Thank you LORD for our Lord Jesus!

    • Greg Simas

      Feb 18, 2017

      Good word right there, Juan. Love your testimony and the revelation the Lord has given you! Blessings!

  • James

    May 2, 2017

    Been sharing about the reason why we should speak in tongues. and I came up on your message. this message has helped me to share at my church. God bless you . Bishop James. From Nairobi Kenya.

    • Greg Simas

      May 2, 2017

      This is fantastic, James. I’m glad this resource benefited you and your church in Kenya!

  • David J. McCollough

    May 2, 2017

    Great post, Pastor Greg!
    As a Bible college instructor in Singaore, I required my students to attend a prayer “laboratory” where we prayed in tongues all day, 9am – 5pm. Of course, we took lunch and tea breaks, but we got some good prayer in. Busy students learned to pray through to victory!


    • Greg Simas

      May 2, 2017

      This is fantastic, David! Sounds like you are doing some great things in Singapore. Was there testimony from the students after the Speaking in Tongues laboratory?

  • David McCollough

    May 3, 2017

    They had to write up a simple lab report of their experience in the prayer lab. I only kept one testimony, it was from a man named Paul Lee. He told of how he didn’t think he could make it, praying all day in tongues. Then after praying to past 2pm, he noticed it was getting warm. He checked the air conditioner, but it was still the same temperature. Then, he writes, he realised God’s power had just flowed through him, because he had had a back problem. He said it felt really good. He determined to pray more in tongues after that experience.
    I’d be happy to email you a copy of Paul’s lab report.


    • Greg Simas

      May 4, 2017

      Hey David, love this. I can’t imagine praying that long in tongues and not have something take place. I believe Paul could have been praying for his own healing, in the Spirit, and God broke through. Enjoyed the testimony!

      • David McCollough

        May 4, 2017

        I think you’re right, Pastor Greg, he was likely praying for his own healing.


  • Juliet evans

    May 18, 2017

    I believe God has blessed with the gift of healing and I can speak I tongues fluently. I prayed for a daughter who had backache n she got instant healing. Though at a point I felt like it’s not real but I am beginning to embrace it so I went on to pray for a sister who is blind hoping she will get instant healing but have not got any calls from her. So anxious how should I handle this and how do I know the holy Spirit wants the sister to be healed through me?

    • Greg Simas

      Jun 26, 2017

      Hi Juliet. I’m glad your are going after healing! In response to your situation and question. 1.) Glad you prayed for the bling person! 2.) Don’t be anxious because Jesus is the healer, we are the agent that comes into agreement with heaven and prays for healing. So be a peace, you did what you sensed God saying to you. 3.) God wants all people to be healed. He paid for all our sickness on the cross and healing is found in His atoning work. So it’s God’s will to heal all.


    Jun 11, 2017

    Hi Pr. Greg Simas.
    Thanks for your help.
    Will everyone pray in tongues in the same way? With the same noise and the same words?
    I’m starting to pray in tongues and the sounds are different and the speed is also different. Some brothers pray very slowly and I pray very fast.
    Pastor, praying in tongues, can I have my marriage saved? I going to rejoin my husband? My husband Will warm up?
    My husband has been away from me and I have been away from him for many years and he is very cold about me. I hope that the prayers in tongues will make a miracle in our lives and our marriage will be restored.
    Pastor, how many hours should we pray in tongues and how many days of prayer in tongues can we see the Glory of God? I’ve been praying for 21 days and I pray every day from 1 hour to 7 hours. Saturday and Sunday I was praying 7 hours every day in a row and then another 2 Hours. So it was 9 hours praying on Saturday and Sunday.
    When i praying can I drink water?
    Thank you, Pastor, and may God bless you.
    Cesaria of Portugal
    Please pastor answer me straight of my email.

    • Greg Simas

      Jun 26, 2017

      Dear Cesaria. Please please drink water. :). You have lot’s of questions which I cannot address here. I would encourage you to find some good books on speaking in tongues so you can get a wider scope of what tongues is all about. Also, I would encourage you to find a Pentecostal church in Portugal (possibly and Assemblies of God church) and ask to if you can talk with someone about speaking in tongues. This can be helpful, too.

  • Mpakpa Mbayate Modeste

    Oct 9, 2017

    Only yesterday I discussed with a Jehovah witness about the speaking in tongues.For them they take as an Alphabetical language which was spoken by the apostle so today it is not relevant the speaking in tongue.The tongues of the day of pentecost was came in a form of prophecy but after that all those who receive it, is for their own good in the sense that formostly it help all to pray. One without the baptism of the Holy Spirit cannot travail in prayer.Rom8:26-27.

    • Greg Simas

      Oct 9, 2017

      Good points here, Mpakpa. What is amazing to me are all those who minimize and try to explain away the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Keep moving forward and enjoy blessing from the Lord.

  • Donna

    Dec 22, 2017

    How can speaking in tongues lead people to repentance. Is there a bible reference for this?

    • Greg Simas

      Jan 20, 2018

      I think that Acts 2:7-11 helps us by allowing us to see tongues as a sign to unbelievers that points them to God. I know of several occurrences where believers spoke in tongues to others, namely as they prayed for them, only to discover that it was in a language only that person understood and the believer was unaware of. The content of that prayer, ie speaking in tongues, turned the hearts of the person(s) to God. Hope this helps.

  • Corinne

    Feb 20, 2018

    Thankyou Pastor Greg,
    I have recently returned from backsliding. I previously used to get quite frustrated in regard’s to my prayer life. As I believed I was just no good at it. I used to compare my prayers to other believers. I know now that the enemy was trying to keep me discouraged & he was doing a good job of it.
    I struggled with pray to God & thought “you are different to other believers, your prayers are pathetic to God & myself.
    Since coming back to Him I pray for certain aspects of my life in the natural, but after that I pray in the spirit for as long as I can.
    I do daily readings of His word & then I pray in the natural and mostly in the spirit. I do it in the morning and before I go to sleep.
    I pray in the spirit whenever I get the opportunity to do so.
    One time I was praying in the spirit & I felt the Holy spirit taking over. It was amazing as it went very deep into my spirit. For I knew that it was not me praying anymore but it was the Holy spirit praying within me.

    I haven’t had that happen ever since, but I won’t give up speaking in tongues. The more I pray in tongues the more I want to know Him.
    In addition your explanation of speaking in tongues is encouraging & the main aspect is that you line it up with scripture.
    Take care of yourself Pastor Greg & God Bless you.

    • Greg Simas

      Mar 21, 2018

      Hi Corinne. So glad that you are discovering God in new areas in your life and that you are growing deeper in Him. Keep going!

  • Dave

    Mar 21, 2018

    Greg currently my wife and I are separated. We are both believers. She is planning to move 1000 miles away from me and currently refuses to answer any of my calls. I am baptized with the Holy Spirit. If I were to start spending much time daily praying in the Spirit would that effect her and bring restoration to our marriage. Are you familiar of testimonies of others having this result? God bless you brother.

    • Greg Simas

      Mar 21, 2018

      Hi, Dave. I can’t say that this would happen, but what I can say, is that when we pray in the Spirit, it always the perfect prayer because it’s the Spirit of God praying through us as we enable Him, making intercession. I know the will of God is for marriages to be Christ-centered and one. I also realize that God has given us free-will. With that being said, I would most certainly pray in the Spirit, being confident that God’s will is reconciliation and full restoration. Praying for you guys. Greg

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