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20 Reasons Why It Is So Important To Speak In Tongues

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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  • 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.

    • 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! 🙂

      • How then is a speaking in tongues christian not better than the none when looking at the list of benefits. Which tongues are you referring to here? Dialect or the other

        • please can you just look at his first statement?👉Being baptized in the Holy Spirit does not make one believer better than another. There are no inferior believers in God’s Kingdom. And also it depends on individuals i.e how deeper you are in the lord🙏

        • By that, he is saying – that you pray in tongues is not a bases to which you feel or think you are better than another who doesn’t. You can reflect this even from the words of Paul (1cor. 15:2-10).
          You are not better, you are advantaged. I think this sentence shouldn’t be miss-understood – because all we can do or be are all products of God’s Grace. Shalom

      • You say tongues are the evidence that a believer has received the Holy Spirit. But I say the fruit of the Spirit is the evidence that the Holy Spirit is present in the life of a believer. The Scripture says: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23). Jesus said, “By their fruit, you shall know them.” (Matthew 7:16). The real evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer is the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit cannot be faked, but speaking in ‘tongues’ as we have it today can be faked. Today, there are so many people who claim to speak in ‘tongues’ but they live in sin and in unrighteousness, and there is no fruit of the Spirit in their lives, yet they speak in tongues everyday. Are we supposed to believe that these people are really saved? Of what benefit is speaking in tongues without the fruit of the Spirit such as LOVE? Paul says, “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love [fruit of the Spirit], I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal” (1 Cor. 13:1).

        In the book of Acts, believers were filled with the Holy Spirit for a purpose — so they could receive supernatural power for evangelistic ministry, not for personal use as we are taught today. In Acts 1:8, Jesus said to the disciples, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes you, and you shall be my witness in Judea and Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the world.” So, the purpose of the Holy Ghost baptism was to give power to the believers for evangelism with supernatural signs and wonders accompanying them. In the early Church, believers did not receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit so that they could sit at home and speak in tongues all day long.

        The true gift of speaking in tongues is the ability to speak a foreign human language which the individual has never previously learned, as happened on the Day of Pentecost. This true gift cannot be faked. This true gift of tongues was what the disciples manifested on the Day of Pentecost. Much of what we call tongues today in Pentecostal/Charismatic churches is nothing like what the Bible describes as tongues. Today, people make utterances that are non-human languages, and they tell us to accept these ecstatic utterances as the true gift of tongues. Anybody can fake these non-human utterances and there is no way to verify it. Why is it that most tongue speakers today do not speak a real foreign human language as happened on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2)? In addition to the book of Acts, a careful study of Paul’s description of tongues in 1 Corinthians 14 shows that Paul is describing foreign human languages, not some ecstatic utterances. For example, Paul says in 1 Cor. 14:22 that tongues are a sign to unbelievers just as the Assyrian language was a sign to ancient Israel. Now, tell me, how can tongues serve as a sign to unbelievers if tongues are non-human ecstatic utterances? The only way tongues can serve as a sign for unbelievers is when tongues are real human languages previously unlearned by the speaker. When an unbeliever who speaks that language hears someone who has not previously learned the language speak it fluently, the unbeliever will see this as a miracle and will be convinced that the Gospel message is indeed from God. This was what happened on the day of Pentecost, and it is exactly what Paul is saying in 1 Cor. 14:22.

        Also, Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 14:10-11 suggests that the tongues he describes in 1 Corinthians 14 are foreign human languages never previously learned by the speaker, rather than non-human utterances. He says: “There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance. Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.” (1 Cor. 14:10-11).

        If we want to practice speaking in tongues today, let’s practice the genuine tongues described in the Bible, which was experienced on the Day of Pentecost.

        I have been in Pentecostal/Charismatic church for years, and I used to believe everything they taught about tongues But when I began to do my own personal study of the Scripture, it soon became clear to me that much of the Pentecostal teaching on tongues is not supported by Scripture and is based on faulty theology. They misinterpret several scriptures to support their teachings. For example, Pentecostals see Romans 8:26-27 as a reference to speaking in tongues even though there is no mention of tongues in this passage. Romans 8:26-27 says the Spirit makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered; this is the exact opposite of speaking in tongues, because speaking in tongues involves uttering words in tongues, but the intercession which the Holy Spirit makes for believers in Romans 8:26-27 are groanings (not words) that cannot be uttered. Whereas speaking in tongues involves words that are uttered, the Spirit’s intercession for us in Romans 8:26-27 are not words but groanings which CANNOT BE UTTERED. So, in what way is Romans 8:26-27 a reference to speaking in tongues? This is a classic example of how Pentecostals/Charismatics misinterpret scriptures to support their teachings. There are several other examples of their misinterpretation of scriptures.

        • Hi Victor, thank you for your reply. I enjoy the diversity of thought in the body of Christ. I would respectfully disagree with much of what you’ve mentioned here. The initial evidence I was referring to has to do specifically with speaking in tongues. Also, you never toss out the genuine for the sake of a counterfeit. Lastly, I have heard just about all the arguments against speaking in tongues, and respectfully, yours is no different. Ultimately, you have to be you, as God leads you. I’m okay with that. Be blessed as you continue to move forward in your walk with the Lord.

        • Victor, it is very strange how you omitted scripture 1st Corinthian 14:2. “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not to man but unto God for no man understands him. Howbeit it in the spirit he speaketh mysteries”. That scriptures says it all. It is not debatable. You should not pick and choose what you will believe in the Bible. Be blessed and pray to Gods to open your eyes on the meaning of the above scripture. You are missing out on a lot if you ignore the scripture above.

          • Hi Glenda,

            I didn’t deliberately omit 1 Cor. 14:2 because I thought it contradicted my view. The reason I didn’t talk about 1 Cor. 14:2 was simply because I didn’t think it was necessary to use this verse to make my point. Now that you have brought it up, let’s talk about it. In 1 Corinthians 14:2, Paul says: “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not to man but unto God for no man understands him. Howbeit it in the spirit he speaketh mysteries”. Now, if you look at this verse in isolation, it might seem as if it is saying that the purpose of tongues is to speak in private to God. But it is not certain to me that this is what the verse is saying. It’s better to examine this verse in the context of the surrounding verses as well as in the context of Paul’s entire letter to the Corinthians because scriptures explain scriptures. One scripture cannot contradict another scripture. We can’t just take a single verse in isolation and then try to build a doctrine out of it. That’s not how we interpret scriptures! I will return to 1 Cor. 14:2 shortly, but for now, let me say a few things:

            I don’t find any evidence in the Bible that Abraham, Daniel, Jesus, or the apostles were praying in tongues. I find that they prayed using their native languages. We need to realize that even in the First Century, every Christian did not have the gift of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:27ff). Also, in 1 Cor. 14:5, Paul says to the Corinthians: “I wish you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you prophesied.” The fact that Paul wished for all the Corinthian believers spoke in tongues confirms that not all of them spoke in tongues. If they all spoke in tongues, Paul would not wish that they all spoke spoke in tongues. And the fact that Paul wished they all spoke in tongues does not mean tongues were meant for all of them. After all, Paul also wished that all men were single (unmarried) as he himself was single (1 Cor. 7:7), but this wish does not mean celibacy is meant for all men. It was simply a wish.

            In 1 Corinthians 12:30, Paul made it very clear that NOT every believer speaks in tongues. So, the idea that every believer should speak in tongues is contradicted by 1 Cor. 12:30. This verse poses a big problem for those who believe that all believers should speak in tongues. How do Pentecostals/Charismatics respond to this verse? They try to get around this verse and explain it away by saying that there are two types of tongues — tongues for private use (also called prayer language tongues) and tongues for use in public worship (diverse kinds of tongues). According to them, 1 Cor. 12:30 is referring to the second type of tongues (diverse kinds of tongues for public use) and not to the first type (prayer language) for private use. But there is no biblical support for the theory of two types of tongues. If we go by the Pentecostal view, it means Paul talked about one type of tongue in 1 Cor. 12, and then he talked about a different type of tongue in 1 Co. 14 without telling his audience that he is describing two types of tongues. How could that be? Don’t you see the inconsistency in the Pentecostal/Charismatic interpretation of these scriptures? In one chapter (1 Cor. 12), they say speaking in tongues means one thing; then in another chapter (1 Cor. 14) of the same letter, they say speaking in tongues means a different thing. There is no consistency in this type of interpretation; it is selective and designed to support a preconceived idea. The only reason the Pentesostals/Charismatics are doing this is because they want to defend their view that every believer should speak in tongues. They are willing to get around 1 Cor. 12:30 to defend that view. This is not how we interpret scriptures! We must let the Bible speak for itself. The Scripture cannot contradict itself. Remember that 1 Corinthians was a single letter; Paul did not divide it into chapters. (It was the translators who divided it into chapters). So, chapter 12 and chapter 14 are part of the same letter. Paul could not have used the word “tongues” to mean different things in the same letter. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul gave us a list of spiritual gifts and he listed “diverse kind of tongues” as the only gift of tongues (1 Cor. 12;10). He did not list two types of tongues. How people came up with the theory of two types of tongues is beyond me. It is clear that the “diverse kinds of tongues” which Paul listed in 1 Cor. 12 is the same tongues that he is talking about in 1 Corinthians 14. He is not describing a different type of tongues in 1 Corinthians 14. And he already told us in 1 Cor. 12:30 that this gift of tongues is not meant for all believers. Therefore, the idea that 1 Cor. 14:2 is referring to private tongues for all believers is not supported by scriptures.

            Another problem with the theory of two types of tongues is that it implies that even within chapter 14, Paul is describing two types of tongues. For example, in 1 Cor. 14:2, he is referring to private tongues but a few verses down the passage in 1 Cor. 14:5 as well as in verses 26-27, he switches to a different type of tongues (public tongues) in the same message? How could Paul have described two types of tongues within the same passage? There must be consistency in scriptural interpretation.

            Furthermore, Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:7 that spiritual gifts are given for “the common good”, not for personal good. This means all spiritual gifts are given for the benefit of the entire church rather than for personal benefit. This seems to contradict the idea that the gift of tongues is meant for one’s personal/private use.

            Now, let’s return to 1 Corinthians 14:2 which says: “For [because] he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for [because] no one understands him, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.” In this verse, Paul says the person who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Why? Paul gives us the reason why the tongue-speaker is not speaking to men but to God. He says: “For [because] no one understands him”. So, the reason that the tongue-speaker is not speaking to men is simply because no one in the congregation can understand what the speaker is saying. This is what Paul means in this verse. Take note of the conjunction “for” which means “because” in this verse. Paul is saying that when someone speaks in a tongue in the church, he is speaking to God because no one in the church can understand the language. Not even the speaker himself understands the language he is speaking. The speaker is speaking a foreign language that the people in the local church do not understand. But God understands the foreign language because God understands all languages. Since God is the only one who understands the language, it means the tongue speaker is speaking to God and not to anyone else. The reason the speaker is said to speak ‘mysteries’ is because no one can understand what he is saying. The meaning of the speech is, at it were, hidden from the understanding of the local congregation since it is delivered in a language they do not understand.

            I believe the tongues spoken in the Corinthian church were of the same nature (foreign languages) as the one spoken on the day of Pentecost. The only reason people understood what was spoken on the day of Pentecost was simply because the native speakers of these various tongues had come from the different countries where these tongues (languages) were spoken as native languages; they had gathered together in Jerusalem for their annual feast and, so, they were able to hear their local languages being spoken as tongues. But the situation is different in Corinth where almost everyone in the Corinthian church spoke Greek in the local church. So, if somebody, for example, spoke an African language as tongues in the First Century in the Corinthian church, nobody in that church would have understood it. It would sound as mysteries in the ears of the hearers. This was the reason why no one in the Corinthian church could understand the tongues that were spoken in the local church. It’s not a different tongue from the one spoken on the day of Pentecost; the only difference was that there were no native speakers of the tongues in the local church at Corinth.

            By the way, if 1 Cor. 14:2 were really about private use of tongues, why did Paul permit it in the church? Why do we have the gift of interpretation of tongues if tongues were meant for private use?

            So, when 1 Cor. 14:2 is examined in the context of the entire chapter and in the context of the entire 1 Corinthians (including chapter 12), I do not believe this verse is teaching us that tongues are meant for the private use of all believers as you think.

          • 1 Corinthians 14;2: “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for [because] no one understands him, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.” According to this verse, the reason that the tongue-speaker is speaking to God and not to man is because no one in the church congregation can understand what the speaker is saying. Note that this verse does NOT say that the reason no one understands the tongue speaker is because the tongues are meant only for God. That’s not what the verse says, Instead, the verse says the reason that the tongue-speaker is speaking to God and not to man is because no one in the church can understand what the speaker is saying. So, when someone speaks in a tongue that nobody in the church can understand, the speaker is, in effect, speaking only to God since God understands all languages. If you come to a church and you speak a foreign language (under the inspiration of the Spirit) which no one in the church can understand, only God will understand what you’re saying. So, effectively, you’re only speaking to God, not to the people in that congregation since no one can understand what you’re saying. I believe this is what 1 Corinthians 14;2 is saying.

            • I agree with you. I find it ironic that “Pentecostals” can so misconstrue what happened on Pentecost. They generally miss the entire point and make it about themselves personally instead of about communicating with others.

        • God bless you for your zeal to prove speaking in tongues is not for us.
          Please forgive me, I have to say that you started your arguement on fruit of the Spirit and gift of the Spirit.
          These are two different aspects you are mixing.
          Fruit of the Spirit is evident through your continuous walk with Jesus, walking in His commandments and doing His will commissioned to each one.
          Gift of the Spirit is literally a gift, you ask it and its yours.
          You dont ask. You dont desire, it’s okay.
          That’s you.
          Those who encourage the Body of Christ in stirring up the faith, flaming that faith to grow with greater intensity, is an evidence of fruits….
          The Joy (fruit) you recieve to see many walking in faith following Christ with passion …
          I salute the writer Pastor Greg for genuinely lifting up the faith of peoples directing them to pray in the Holy Ghost. This is an evidence that He is For Chtist and not against Christ
          If you feel it’s not for you, leave it. But I have prayerfully jotted response for all participants.
          God Loves you all

    • 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.

  • 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.

    Jacob.

      • 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..

        • Goodmorning Pastor Greg. This is a topic I have been wrestling with for years in my walk with God. Since I have a desire for more of God in my life I think I am now encouraged and won over to make this practice of speaking in tongues a part of my daily morning devotion. I haven’t experienced the full enjoyment of it yet but I am persevering until I experienced what you said. I am opened to receive more of your teaching on this subject. Partners in God’s kingdom , Bro. Ronald Hunte.

          • In addition I expressed my thankfulness for sharing on this important topic. God’s blessings.

            • Wonderful piece of enlightenment. God richly bless you Man of God. I have been speaking in tongues while walking, working and doing chores at home. The spirit influenced me right. This compilation of yours is a clear confirmation of Truth. They are all rich points no one can underestimate in his/her walk with God. The benefits are innumerable awesome. This is a study of a life time. God bless you richly Pastor Greg.
              VICTORY IS INDEED OURS.
              Benjamin Lamptey, Ghana.

      • Since I started speaking in tongues, I have joy uncontrollable in my life. Knowing these 20 benefits will encourage me more so I would like to say thank you so much!!

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

    • 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!

      • 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.

        • 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.

        • 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

        • I began Speaking in what I believe to be tongues this morning. I have been praying for this gift and also reading about it. My prayers where for Gods will to be done in my life and if speaking in tongues was a gift God wanted me to have that he would bless me with it. Early this morning while out on my front porch I felt and overwhelming feeling to start speaking but wasn’t sure of what was fixing to come out. Once it started it just kinda took over. I had cold chills all over and was simply amazed at how my mouth was working without much effort. It was truly like the spirit was releasing itself from deep inside me out through my mouth. Amazing. God never stops amazing me. What a blessing I experienced today. Thank you God

  • 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!

    • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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?

    • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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!

      • Thank you pastor for the clarification which explains that the gift of tongues is God’s work in a believer that makes him to be in sync with God’s mind and purposes. It is faith manifested all we have to do is to just yield to His leading

  • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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?

        • 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.

        • You have to have given your life to Christ before asking the Holy Ghost to fill you. Then tell Him “I receive you”. What you do then is to try speaking without thinking.

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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

    • 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.

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

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

    • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

    Blessings,
    David

    • 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?

  • 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.

    Blessings,
    David

  • 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?

    • 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.

    • Thanks so much pastor. The topic speaking in tongues has been a very controversial topic and am glad the Holy spirit through you have made me to understand it. My question is so praying in the known tongues how effective is that. You said when you become born again the spirit of God dwells in you but Baptised in the holy spirit the spirit dwells on you

      • Glad this helped, Edward. The Bible says that praying in your known tongue, is praying “with the understanding.” The Bible tells us to do both., this is important to note. Praying with the understanding helps me to form and focus my thoughts. It helps me to put into words what I’m sensing and processing, for my benefit and for the benefit of others.  These are just a few reasons why it’s important to pray with the understanding.

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • Hi,
    How can speaking in tongues lead people to repentance. Is there a bible reference for this?
    Thanks
    Donna

    • 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.

  • 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 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.

    • 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

  • good day pastor,

    Thank you for the importance of speaking in tongues. but doesnt the bible say it is better to interpret what is prayed in tongues, than to speak it, as when you speak in tongues, yes it edifies a person, but at the same time wont you want to know what is god telling us through his holy spirit. I believe worshiping in tongues one would not need to be told, but if you are praying in tongues to someone else wouldnt that person want to know what god has said to him, to reveal what is being told by the holy spirit… just a thought…

    • Hi, Thiloshnee. What you are referring to is when tongues are used in a corporate gathering. In a corporate setting, you want someone who will interpret the gift of tongues. Hope that helps.

  • Wow this is really amazing and true…I learned a lot thank God for your life Sir. May the Lord bless you and move you to next level in Jesus name.

      • Pastor Greg,great evening to you Sir, thanks for the wonderful piece on speaking in tongues always which I was just been made open to& supported by your message. Infact it really helps to speak in tongues, l as a person easily worries,but since l started praying always in tongues, l feel joyful and faith-fill even on the face unseemly situation. Thanks & God bless.

  • Dear Reverend Simas,
    I have been speaking in tongues for 16 years now and I know tongues are from God. However, I have noticed for the past 4 years that whenever I speak in tongues that same day, indeed, immediately, weird and even dangerous things start happening: fights with people get hostile and unreasonable, I have close call car accidents that aren’t my fault, etc. As soon as I seize speaking in tongues these things cease, as soon as I resume they do to. Could these actually be INCANTATIONS, the words of prophecy that disturb and provoke the spiritual realm and thus the demons as well? Could they be acting out of fear and revenge? These events are so scary and overwhelming I have ceased speaking in tongues until this matter is resolved. I appreciate your thoughtful consideration. Thank you in advance

    • Hi Marcin. I never heard this before. What you are experiencing, and it’s possible link to the speaking in tongues, is inconsistent with scripture. Your prayer language can never be an incantation because it’s root is the Holy Spirit. I would consider talking to a spirit-filled, mature believer or leader or Pastor about this. Also, I’m assuming that you are living wholeheartedly and fully devoted, in word and deed, to the Lord. My prayers are with you as you proceed.

    • Dear Marcin,
      I had similar experiences when I started praying in tongues, and yes I do believe your tongues were genuine and not incantations. If they were incantations, the enemy would not have bothered to intimidate you because you would have been on his side. I believe you had a breakthrough in prayer and warfare and must have destroyed some of his works. I overcame this by applying the Word of God – Luke 10:19 says that Jesus has given us power to trample on serpents and scorpions, and power over ALL the power of the enemy, and that nothing would by any means harm us. (Please read it for yourself). As believers, we have been given much greater power than that of the enemy, and we should believe it and take up our God-given authority. I would, and still do, speak/declare this verse out every day, making it personal. And then I would request the Holy Spirit for safety and protection and for Him to cover me and my family with the blood of Jesus. Please don’t stop making use of this wonderful gift. That’s exactly what the enemy wants. I hope to have helped you. Be blessed.

  • I am very grateful for my dear pasta from Nigeria. at any time I begin to speaks with tongues I am edified and my spirit prays always!

  • Hello Pastor Greg,
    What a spirit inspired exposition about speaking in tongues!
    One of the ways I got converted from Islam about 15years ago was after hearing a group of Christians speaking in tongues, something inside of me witnessed to me that they were communicating directly with God and my soul yearned for it, shortly after I gave my life to Christ and in less than a week I was speaking in tongues as a new convert.
    Glory be to God, 15 years and still in the love and the service of the master!!!

    • Mariam, what a fantastic testimony. This is the second such testimony from someone who was not saved yet, hearing others speak and tongues and knowing that it was real and of God, so much so, that they wanted to receive the Lord! Thanks for sharing and praying for you to have many more years of love and service with the Lord.

  • My faith has been build so strongly, truly I’m amazed by some of the things that are happening in me.

  • I am grateful, for this message sir. I am battling with that spirit of prayerless life, but when I started praying in tongues of recent I feel safe and that kind of joy in my life. I will appreciate to receive your message on my mail.

  • I find little worth in praying in my learned language. Paul said that he spake in tongues more than the entire Corinthian church put together.

  • I am fully satisfied with what I have read about praying in tongues is like I can read it repeatedly. Thank you very much.

  • True speaking in tongues has benefited me a lot because i speak in mystery which the enemies can’t understand

  • One of my pastors once told me that when you are praying in the spirit the devil will run away from you because he’s not understanding what you are saying. is it true? And can you just start to talk anyhow in prayer and say, you are praying in the spirit? (My denomination is the presbyterian church in Nigeria)

    • Hi Ken. Great to hear from folks in Africa. Regarding your questions. There are no biblical grounds for the devil running away from you when you speak in tongues. What’s biblical, is the exhortation to pray in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18). I don’t quite understand the second part of your question. Blessings to you!

  • Does the spirit gives you only one thing to keep repeating in prayer when you are praying in the spirit?

  • Hello Pastor Greg, I really enjoyed reading your blog concerning speaking in tongues, I myself pray in the spirit (speak in tongues) daily. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit many years ago. I am corresponding with you because I like how you clearly explain & help others with their questions. I have two questions to ask you. In my heart & life I do know the answers to the two questions I am about to ask you because I have lived & walked in the Spirit for many years but I am mentoring a young Pastor’s wife ( my husband & I Pastored for over 35 years) . (1.) Do you believe speaking in tongues is the initial physical evidence of receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Scripture reference please. (2.) What is your thoughts about speaking in tongues during a church service & should the Pastor speak in tongues from the platform
    & encourage his/her congregation to pray in tongues. Not interrupting the flow of the worship or ministry of the Word but in one accord? Scripture reference please. Thank you & blessings to you & your family.

    • Hi Marilyn.
      Sorry for the late reply. (1) In regard to the initial physical evidence take a look at these passages; Acts 2:4; 10:44, 46. We know the Apostle Paul was prayed over by Ananias to be filled with the Holy Spirit in Acts 9:17 and spoke in tongues (1 Cor. 14:18). I do believe that one can receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, without “initially” speaking in tongues, but if you are baptized in the Holy Spirit you will “eventually” speak ing tongues. I do pray with them to receive their prayer language, but if they don’t receive it right then and there, it does not mean they did not receive. I give them instructions on how to go after their prayer language and encourage them to eagerly pursue it. (2) Speaking in tongues in the church is fine if it follows scripture. As a gift, it should be followed by an interpretation (1 Cor. 14:27-28). As a Pastor myself, I have led our congregation in praying and singing in the Spirit during church services. Mainly when we are led to pray over specific intercessory items or during extended times of worship. (Rom. 8:26; 1 Cor. 14:15). Hope this helps.

      • Hi Pastor Greg,

        An excerpt from your response to Marilyn’s comment says:

        “We know the Apostle Paul was prayed over by Ananias to be filled with the Holy Spirit in Acts 9:17 and spoke in tongues (1 Cor. 14:18). I do believe that one can receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, without “initially” speaking in tongues, but if you are baptized in the Holy Spirit you will “eventually” speak in tongues. ”

        Do you mean that tongues as evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts is the same thing as the spiritual gift of diverse tongues in 1 Corinthians? When Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:18 that he spoke in tongues more than all the Corinthian believers, he was referring to his spiritual gift of diverse kinds of tongues. He wasn’t talking about the type of tongues that people spoke in the book of Acts which was evidence or proof that the individual had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The gift that people received in the book of Acts was the Holy Spirit, not tongues. In the book of Acts, speaking in tongues was not the gift itself but it was proof or evidence of the gift (the gift was the Holy Spirit). And there is no evidence that those who spoke in tongues in the book of Acts repeatedly spoke in tongues after the initial experience of tongues-speaking. There is no evidence that those who spoke in tongues in the book of Acts retained the permanent ability to continue to speak in tongues nor is there evidence that they did not repeatedly speak in tongues.

        But when we come to 1 Corinthians 14, the situation seems to be different from that in the book of Acts. Whereas the speaking in tongues in the book of Acts was evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the speaking in tongues in 1 Corinthians was not an evidence or proof of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In the local Corinthian church, speaking in tongues was a spiritual gift (the gift of diverse kinds of tongues), not an evidence or proof of the Holy Spirit baptism. This spiritual gift of diverse kinds of tongues in the local church in Corinth is different from the tongues as proof of having received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts. Whereas there is no scriptural evidence that those who spoke in tongues in the book of Acts repeatedly spoke in tongues after the initial experience of speaking in tongues, the gift of tongues in the Corinthian church was a permanent spiritual gift which the speaker repeatedly exercised.

        So, it seems clear that the gift of tongues which Paul said he possessed in 1 Corinthians 14:18 is the spiritual gift of diverse kinds of tongues, not tongues as evidence of the bapyism of the Holy Spirit.

        You seem to be confusing the two types of tongues and using them interchangeably. It may be the case that speaking in tongues as evidence of baptism of the Holy Spirit is a one-off experience that is not meant to be repeated whereas the spiritual gift of tongues (diverse kinds of tongues) is a permanent gift for use in the local church for edification of the church when used along with the complementary gift of interpretation.

        • Hi Arlene. Thank you for your comment. I think it’s important to recognize that the Holy Spirit can use speaking in tongues in several ways in the life of a believer. We can pray in the Spirit for our own edification and we also can be used by the Holy Spirit to offer the gift of tongues, as the Holy Spirit leads us, within a local assembly to bring encouragement and edification. I hope that helps. 🙂

  • Good evening Sir.
    Is it true that Speaking in Tongue is the initial evidence of Baptism of the Holy Ghost?. And also is this emphasising that it’s every Believer who has baptised in the Holy Ghost must speak in tongues?

  • Good day Pastor Greg.
    Thanks for your post on speaking in tongues . My son has been telling me to speak in tongues but I do it seldomly though I’m a believer to the glory of God. When I was praying yesterday I heard Holy Spirit clearly that ‘pray in the spirit’ and I obeyed so today I came online to know more so your post has clearified it to me. But I want to ask if speaking in tongues means praying in God’s will does it mean tongues can change someone’s prayer request?

    Thanks.

    • Good question, Taiwo. I don’t have a direct answer to that one. I suppose, after we pray in the Spirit, a prayer request that we had can begin to change as we receive more revelation from God, bringing God’s wisdom and counsel into our hearts. Hope this helps.

  • Am blessed to learn from you Jesus and now am strengthened in my life. God bless you for your teaching. Pastor Naboth- Uganda

  • Hello,just stumbled across this gold-mine summary of the Bible.
    Thanks alot.
    I realized that when I am woken up in the middle of the night to pray,I found out that praying in my normal Language-English was very limiting and honestly boring…
    The the Holy Spirit prompted me to pray in tongues.
    I find that hour is too sacred for me to wake up and start telling God of my problems, but very rewarding when I just dive into tongues at that time.

  • Hello Pastor Greg. I am Pastor Christopher from Malawi- Central Africa. My question is; According to 1 Corinthians 14:13 and verse 27 we are directed to pray for the interpretation of the tongues when they are publicly uttered in a congregation service, what if there is no definite response in regard to the meaning of the spoken tongues for the edification of the church? You may elaborate on that verses as well pastor.

    • Hi Christopher. Great to hear from you. In response to your question. If someone speaks in tongues in a corporate gathering and there is not an interpretative response, then a couple observations come to mind. One, if there is not a response, this does not mean that the person speaking in tongues was “out of order”. We are all growing in the gifts… so allow for grace. Two, the gift was expressed but the interpretation was withheld. This can happen because of fear, a possible sense that whomever has the interpretation can be thinking “what if I’m wrong” etc. I’ve seen this happen. The scripture says in verse 13 that they should “pray” that they may interpret.” So the goal is the interpretation of the tongue and I’d say, more often than not, that the tongues are interpreted. Good teaching and pastorally leading others as they grow in their gifts are important. One final note, the tongue and interpretation should be judged, and as I lead meetings, I’d publicly respond afterwards with an affirmation, and ask the congregation if they feel it’s from the Lord to say “amen” in agreement.

  • I really thanks for this platform for something i was looking for some years, what should i do for me to speak in tongue as a child of God, because i sometimes stuck when praying and at the end i end up don’t know how and what to pray for although in mind i know what is in my mind, do i need to baptized in water as this is also to became a full born again child of God? please help

    • HI Aina. Water baptism follows our born-again decision to follow Christ. So I would encourage you to be baptized in water if you have not done so. Saying that, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a separate encounter (gift) for all believers that we can see as normative in scripture. If you have not yet done so, I’d encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to baptize you or possibly ask another person or Pastor/leader who are baptized in the Holy Spirit to help lead you and pursue your prayer language as the Spirit of God enables you.

  • quite some years ago I came to the conclusion that I could no longer live my life in such a way that it dishonored my loving Lord Jesus by not being a doer of His Word.I had received the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues many years ago but neglected cultivation of a closer relationship with the Lord according to the pattern set forth in the Scriptures.So I ask Him about the gifts that the Holy Spirit wants to to bring into my life and what are the value of them and what I was doing that grieved Him and prevented Him from rising up in my spirit.Then he showed me that none of my thoughts were His thoughts and none of my ways were His ways, and never can be, so my limited prayer life in my English language was very unfruitful, because all I was doing was voicing my ideas and solutions to life problems.Then he showed me that he doesn’t speak English or French or Hebrew or German in fact He doesn’t speak any of the worldly languages they are all learned languages, you have to learn them and our understanding of any of them is very limited at best.He has given us this most marvelouse gift of speaking His Personal language, God is a Spirit, and tongues is the language of the Spirit, not filtered by the brain of a man.Now I spend time daily speaking in tounges not trying to put time constraints on it, and find myself desiring to be the Holy person that He wants me to be, and im not able to be Holy because its not in me be to be Holy, it can only be developed in me by the Holy Spirit who is Holy, and its a process where by I must surrender my life 100% to Him and allow the Living Lord Jesus to arise in me. I am not a christian, that is a religious term, im what the Scriptures say I am, im a born again son of the Living and True God Jesus Christ.

    • What a great comment, Gary. Thanks for sharing your journey with the Lord in light of the Spirit baptism. I enjoy these personal testimonies. Much appreciated!  Blessings —

  • Thank you for encouragement Greg, I really willing to be baptized both in Holy Spirit and in water in Jesus name, and i know the Holy Spirit helps me to find the right person help me to do so

  • I pray everyday for the heavenly gift to pray in tongues but it does not happen.Why? Please help me to know how to pray to receive this gift from God.Thank you.Gods richest blessings.

    • Hi Rienie. Without knowing what is going on, there are a number of things that can be blocking the gift the Holy Spirit wants to give you. The first one I always talk to people about is that the gift of tongues is a partnership between us as believers and with the Holy Spirit. As we pray to receive, we must open my mouth and begin to speak what we sense is coming up from the inner man, by faith, namely the Spirit of God, residing inside of us. The Holy Spirit will not open our mouths for us. If you have not done this please do. This might the key to your breakthrough. 🙂

  • Thanks Pastor Greg for the light!
    Each time I prayed in tongues, I always find some scriptures flashing out in my mind. I want to know if this is right?

  • Thank you for this, Pastor Greg. I stumbled across your article during my search regarding information about speaking in tongues. I have only been praying in tongues for a little over a year, and it is wonderful. It also seems to come out at all times of the day (not out loud, generally just loud enough for just me to hear)… when I’m alone, in my car, listening to music and during worship service. So it’s not only when I have my dedicated prayer time. Is this unusual? I’ve never heard anyone else stating that this is common for them as well. I just let it flow because I don’t want to hold back anything that the Holy Spirit wants to say. Thank you for your input!

    • Hi Tara. No, this is not unusual, in fact, it’s preferred. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 it says “pray without ceasing,” I believe that one of the ways that this is fulfilled is to pray in the Spirit. I’m so glad that you are doing this with your prayer language. 👍🏼

  • Thank you for posting this article, may the lord bless you. I have found that when I pray, Though I intend to pray in english I often burst into tongues for a good 90% of my prayer time. I felt confused about why i spoke in tongues in so much and this article laid my worries to rest.

  • When someone pray in tongue ( Holy Spirit) inside Church ,is he/she have to translate that to Church,what he\she is praying ?

    How important is Holy Spirit in Church ?
    How important is wonder & miracle ?
    How important is praise & worship in Church ?

    Regards
    Kishor Thapa
    West Bengal,India

    • Kishor. I believe they should do their best to interpret – not translate – what was spoken. Yes. All the other questions you have can come through later future posts. Thanks for joining the discussion.

  • I wish so much I could pray in tongues. Have been asking for this gift for almost 20 years, have been to various charismatic retreats and prayed over dozens of times… no result. It is so frustrating to ask and not receive :-((

  • I find it interesting that the book of Acts describes people being filled with the Spirit and speaking real, known languages. But, I don’t see or hear anyone “seeking” it? It just happened. No one was being taught, told to beg, say hallelujah over and over, lift your hands for hours on end, or just have faith and believe that what comes, no matter how ridiculous it sounds, will be the baptism of the Spirit. Why is it different today from the beginning? What about when tongues cease?

  • I been speaking in tongues in my dreams for the past 6 years but thank God it manifested last year and it actually feels good and soul lifting to know that we communicate with God directly while speaking in tongues Thanks pastor

      • Hi Pastor Greg,

        Interesting article! I’d like you to clarify something for me. Your article presumes that speaking in tongues is meant for all believers. But does that not contradict 1 Corinthians 12:30 which teaches that not all believers speak in tongues? I know some people might respond to this question by saying that there are two types of tongues – one is called a prayer language tongue (1 Cor. 14:2) and it’s meant for all believers whereas the second type is the gift of diverse tongues (1 Cor. 12:30) which is exercised only by some. The problem I have with this explanation is that I don’t see any biblical support for this view of two types of tongues. I’d like to know your thoughts. It seems to me that someone or some people came up with this theory of two types of tongues in order to be able to get around 1 Cor. 12:30 which clearly contradicts their teaching that tongues are meant for all believers.

        If we hold the view that there are two types of tongues, then we are faced with a difficulty in Paul’s discourse of tongues in 1 Corinthians 14. It would mean that Paul talks about one type of tongues (the prayer language tongue) in verse 2 of 1 Cor. 14 but switches to a second type of tongues in verses 13 and 17 where he insists that tongues must be interpreted for the edification of the church. How could Paul switch from one type of tongues to another within the same chapter of his letter without letting his audience know that he has made a switch? I mean, how could he be talking about two different types of tongues within the same passage without letting us know? How can he be discussing multiple types of tongues in the same letter without distinguishing between them so that his audience can understand exactly what he means? Frankly speaking, I believe Paul is discussing only one type of tongue in chapter 14 and, indeed, in the entire 1 Corinthians. Remember that 1 Corinthians is a single letter; Paul did not divide his letter into chapters.

        By the way, the view that 1 Cor. 14:2 is related to the prayer language tongue (for private devotion) does not seem to make sense to me, because the context of the entire chapter is public worship in the church, not private devotion. In this verse, Paul is saying that he prefers the use of prophecy to the use of tongues during public worship, because when someone speaks in tongues in the church (without interpretation), only the speaker is edified; the congregation is not edified. On the other hand, when someone prophesies, everyone in the church is edified. This is basically the point that Paul is making in verse 2; he is not teaching a private prayer language type of tongue for use in private devotion. He is simply comparing tongues with prophecy in public worship.

        Also, don’t you think the very idea of using tongues for personal edification in one’s private devotion contradicts the stated purpose of spiritual gifts? In 1 Corinthians 12:7, the Bible says the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each man for the profit of ALL (for the common good). Don’t you think this Scripture contradicts the use of tongues in private for personal edification?

        Also, in 1 Corinthians 14:12, Paul says: “Since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel”. In other words, Paul is basically saying that since you are eager to possess spiritual gifts, your reason for wanting to have a spiritual gift should be to edify the church (rather than personal edification).

        Paul begins 1 Corinthians 14 with this admonition: “Pursue LOVE, and desire spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.” To pursue love in the exercise of spiritual gifts is to seek the benefit of others rather than our own personal benefit. 1 Cor. 13:5 says “love does not seek its own [benefit]”.

        Some believers seek to have the gift of tongues so they can use it for their own personal edification and nothing more. Does the Bible really teach us to seek the gift of tongues solely for our personal edification? I have yet to find any scripture that supports this sort of teaching. It seems to me that the best strategy for personal edification is to study and meditate on the Word of God instead of speaking in tongues privately at home. Acts 20:32 says the Word of His grace is able to build us up (edify us). 1 Peter 2:2 says we should, like newborn babies, desire the since milk of the Word so that we might grow thereby. There are other scriptures that make it clear that the way to build up ourselves and to grow spiritually is to study and meditate on the Word of God. The Bible says the Word of God is the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17). Jesus used this same sword when satan tempted Him in the wilderness. But many Pentecostal ministers today are not teaching believers to study and meditate on the Word. Instead, they are so obsessed and fascinated by the gift of tongues. Everything about Christianity now revolves around tongues to the point that any believer who doesn’t speak in tongues is almost not considered a genuine believer. And in some cases, people feel pressured to speak in tongues, and they are actually coached on how to speak in tongues. We sometimes hear ministers tell people “Just release your tongue and begin to say whatever comes into your mouth”. But no such coaching was ever recorded in the Bible. In the Bible, people spoke in tongues supernaturally, irresistibly, and spontaneously; no one told them to just release their tongues and say whatever comes into their mouths. Like the immature Corinthian believers, nothing else matters besides tongues. Isn’t there a sense in which speaking in tongues has now become a mere religious ritual among Pentecostals?

        Of course, there is the question of whether the tongues we hear today are the genuine tongues that the Bible teaches. Does the biblical tongues consist of utterances that have to meaning in any human language on earth? That’s a whole topic for another day.

        Many blessings.

  • Hi, Pastor Greg. Thank you for this article on speaking in tongues. I actually discovered only yesterday that this kind of prayer transports information from our spirit to our mind. Our spirit knows all things by the unction from the Holy one but our mind awaits this enlightenment. Speaking in tongues enables this transfer of divine knowledge and understanding. This equipping is important because our battles are won or lost in our mind.

  • Thanks Greg. This is such a great article. I recently bought Sam Storms book, ‘The Language of Heaven’ which has been gold, particularly for those from a conservative and reformed background.
    I have always been inspired by Jackie Pullinger’s (Chasing The Dragon) testimony about praying in tongues and how it led to a signigicant ministry with heroin addicts. Praying in tongues was a major way that people came through withdrawal symptoms etc. I think the Spirit’s fullness and praying in tongues maybe a very important tool for christians journeying with addiction issues and who want freedom. Looking forward to more from you in this area.

    • Hi Mike. Haven’t heard of Sams book, “The Language of Heaven”, but I will check it out! Also, “Chasing the Dragon” is a good read. Read the book years ago. Amazing and eye-opening! Thanks for reminding me of this! Blessings to you!!

  • Is it ok for me to pray tongues all through my prayer time from the beginning to the point I stop praying? Without mentioning a word in English or languages I understand

  • Wonderful informations you have here and thanks. I have several questions I speak in many tounges and tones high voice or low and I pray in the Spirit normally 3 times a day in worship. But having more than 5 encounters with the Lord each day or most days. Now my question is that why do I burst in tounges whenever I sense there is an evil spirit or demons around or in my house? Its like I feel I was at battle in the Spirit or spiritual warfare and anger towards evil rises in me.And yet the bible says the one who speaks in tounges speaks to God. Yeah I know sometimes i feel like Oh was I supposed to speak like that. I do have interpretation as we’ll so sometimes I know what I was speaking in those tounges. And if my children come to me saying daddy I saw a shadow or someone or an image they cried and afraid but for me it’s like anger burns in me towards evil. And tounges started coming out and I command them to go away in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Is that normal? Please decern carefully with what I’m saying. I’ve heard or seen pastors driving out demons in videos or books I read and they’ve used this gift of tounges. Yet the bible says if you speak in tounges you are speaking to God and not to demons. How is this so? I believe you’ve seen a lot I’m only new I was baptized in the Holy Spirit in my own house about 8 months ago. Maybe you can help in some ways. I know the Lord has put on my heart that I will be casting out devils. God bless you and your families in Jesus name Amen

    • Hi Travel. I don’t see in scripture where speaking in tongues is used to directly cast of demons. Speaking in tongues can most certainly be used to gain revelation in order to have the discernment to actively move against dark forces as the Holy Spirit leads or a prayer that moves God’s hand to combat the demonic activity. Since you are a fairly new believer, I would definitely seek council from one of your Pastors or ministry leaders. I do think you are growing in your anointing, but it’s important to be pastored and mentored. Space on this blog, doesn’t allow a far deeper one-on-one discussion. Much grace and blessings as you move forward in the Spirit. Thanks for sharing here!

GREG SIMAS

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