And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Acts 1:4-5 NKJV
Do you pray in tongues?
Or are you part of the group that believes it’s not a big deal?
If you don’t pray in tongues there are certain spiritual heights you will never attain.
This is not a threat. It is the truth. Because in the wisdom of God, praying in tongues was the first gift Abba gave to His church.
Before we go deeper into that, do you still have struggles you will rather not have in your life?
Are you still tormented in your dreams? Do you still struggle to know what to do at a time? Or can’t control the desires of your body?
We all have something we struggle within our lives. And time doesn’t heal most struggles. You have to take your stand spiritually to end your struggles.
And the way to go about it is to pray in tongues.
Here are a few scriptures on praying in tongues;
But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit; Jude 20 AMPC
Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people). Ephesians 6:18 AMPC
And when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place,
When suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting.
And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them.
And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages (tongues), as the Spirit [a]kept giving them clear and loud expression [in each tongue in appropriate words]. Acts 2:1-4 AMPC
The first proof that the promised Spirit had come was praying in tongues.
Now imagine what this means to the Father. He had other gifts that could come on that particular day, yet He decided to start with the gift of tongues.
This is so important for you to see. Most of the struggles you have at this point in your life would be solved if you took praying in tongues serious.
One of the admonitions the apostles gave the church was to continue in prayer, praying everywhere.
But going by your busy schedule, how do you think you’ll fulfil this scripture?
It is through praying in tongues. It is so easy to do when you are conscious of it.
You can pray in tongues in a room full of other people without disturbing anyone.
The beauty is that you don’t even know what you are praying for, yet your spirit is interceding and communicating with the Father.
So it is important you take praying in tongues serious and start today if you don’t do it at the moment.
How then do you start praying in tongues?
The scripture I quoted earlier gives you a guide on how to start.
It was the Holy Spirit that gave them utterance, but they had to open their mouth and speak.
And this is the same with you. On the part of the Holy Spirit, He has already done all He can do to ensure that praying on tongues is easy for you.
But if you refuse to open your mouth and pray, the words won’t come out.
The objection I get when I say this to people – “I don’t want to fake it”. “I might be saying something that I don’t know or something that doesn’t make sense.”
That’s the point of praying in tongues. Not knowing all that you are praying for.
The hinderance you have to pray in tongues is because you are trying to rationalise what you say.
You want to know what to say before you say.
This is akin to being careful of the words you speak in the presence of the Father.
But as long as you continue to seek an explanation or clarification before praying in tongues, you will not speak in tongues.
Liking praying in tongues with you putting your faith in Christ Jesus.
At that time all you had to do was believe and confess Jesus Christ as Lord.
Most of the things you later learnt came as a result of later teachings, right?
Likewise, you can’t get all the details about praying in tongues before you start. You have to be in it by faith and watch the changes happen.
Consider the apostles in the early church.
They had only two responsibilities to ensure proper functioning of the church;
Studying the word and praying (praying in tongues). Acts 6:4
Apostle Paul stated that he prayed in tongues more than the whole congregation in theCorinthian church.
That means he prayed everywhere at all times.
And if you want to boost your immune system against attacks and mistakes, then this is the route to take.
Praying in tongues like I said is not as complicated as some have made it.
I remember when I used to attend prayer meetings and we had to pray all night for the Holy Spirit to come and fall on those who weren’t praying in tongues.
It’s amazing that most of the times, they started praying in tongues almost at dawn.
Does this mean you have to pray for that long before the Holy Spirit comes on you?
We didn’t know better then. In fact, the moment you ask the Holy Spirit to come on you, He is there at that very moment.
This means you don’t have to wait for that long to invite the Spirit of God into your life and start praying in tongues.
You only have to believe He is there with you. And as He gives you the utterance, you have to open your mouth and begin praying in tongues by faith.
This is where you might miss it.
You want the Holy Spirit to possess you and speak through you.
That’s not in the scripture. Anyone who ever prayed in tongues and still prays in tongues, knows you have to open your mouth and speak in faith.
So don’t wait for the overwhelming feeling and fire falling from heaven. That’s walking by sight.
You don’t need a manifestation to know that the Spirit of God is in you and with you.
If you invite Him to come into you and make your heart His home, He answers your prayer.
If there is a manifestation good, if there is none, better. Because we don’t walk by sight but by faith. This is the truth about praying in tongues.
Your part is to pray. And the Holy Spirit’s part is to use your prayer and make intercessions for you.
But when you pray only in your mother tongue, there are some things which you ought to pray for and against that will elude you.
Praying in tongues is God’s wisdom to destroy the devil’s works and plans in your life.
Because the enemy doesn’t know what you are saying, yet with God, you are praying mysteries and proclaiming victories.
Now do the following to start praying in tongues today.
If you have never believed and confessed Jesus as your Lord say the following;
Father, thank you for sending your Son to die for all my sins. I believe and confess Jesus Christ is my Lord and saviour. I am saved by His death and delivered from all the wickedness in this world. Jesus is my Lord and saviour, in Jesus name I have prayed, Amen
After this invite the Holy Spirit into your heart by saying;
Father, I invite your Spirit into my heart. I pray that the Spirit that raised Christ from the dead will dwell in me and bring everything that is dead in me alive. I also receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. And I pray that there would be a manifestation through the speaking in tongues now, in Jesus name. Amen.
Now open your mouth and begin to speak the utterance the Holy Spirit has put there.
It wont make sense to you, but it makes sense to the Spirit in you and your Father in heaven.
Don’t neglect this powerful gift of the Father to you.
Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty.
Thank you for reading!
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