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Our prayer language is a beautiful and beneficial gift which helps us pray beyond our human understanding, while building us up with faith and spiritual strength.
Tongues are the language of heaven.
One of the nine manifestations of the Holy Spirit is the gift of tongues. This is a message from God in tongues that needs to be interpreted. But there is a prayer language that is given to us from the Holy Spirit that helps us communicate with God. The Scripture is very clear that we can pray in tongues. This is different from the gift of tongues.
Note these three key points about your prayer language:
1. It’s scriptural
The person who speaks in a tongue speaks:
- to God
- in the Spirit
The practice of speaking in tongues is taught in the inspired word of God! We may not understand it, but it is the Word of God. Praying in tongues according to these passages is praying in the Spirit and with our spirit. Paul not only believed this, but he also practiced it (1 Corinthians 14:18 & 39).
2. It’s beneficial
There is benefit to praying in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:4). However, there are some people who put down praying in tongues. Scripture teaches that we need to both pray in tongues (unknown language) and pray in a known language. We can only edify the Church when we are built up. We can only be built up when we read God’s word, when we commune with God, when we are encouraged by people, when we see mighty works of God and when we speak in tongues unto God.
The summation of 1 Corinthians 14 is to ‘use wisdom when you speak in tongues.’
Do not speak in tongues out of time because not everyone will understand you and they will not be edified unless you interpret. Paul is not saying do not build yourself in private. Just know the difference between public and private. Praying in the spirit means praying in tongues and praying in the spirit builds one up (1 Corinthians 14 and Jude 20). Everyone needs to be built up and encouraged.
3. It is a choice
1 Corinthians 14:14-15 shows that we have a choice when to use tongues. Note Paul says “I will”. This is a choice! It is a gift of God for every believer. Just like any other gift God gives us, there comes a time when I need to will it into action.
If I have a gift of teaching, I don’t go into a trance in order to teach! If I have the gift of giving, I don’t go into a trance in order to operate this gift.
We should make a decision as to when to speak the language God has given. We don’t need to go into a trance to speak in tongues. Tongues is controllable just as any other gifts. This is why Paul said to Timothy: “Stir the gift that is within you…”
Now we know that tongues is both Scriptural and beneficial, then why not use it?
Tongues is not evil. It is not of the devil. Jesus said if we ask God will give the Holy Spirit, not something evil (Luke 11:11-13).
Paul said when I pray in a tongue my spirit is praying to God who knows all sounds, all languages of the universe. Let’s allow our spirit to pray. In your quite time, all alone, or in our worship services yield your tongue to the Holy Spirit and start speaking whatever sounds come out of your mouth. It has nothing to do with feelings. Just learn to obey the Lord.
As your Pastor, I like Paul wish all of you prayed in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:5). Then we will all be built up in our inner selves and become the people the Heavenly Father wants us to be. This is part of our armour!
The devil today continues to do all he can so that we do not walk in power. He causes confusion even in the Body of Christ.
Let’s be wise in Jesus’ name! AMEN!
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on July 1, 2018 at New Life Christian Church