Pray in the Spirit
Speaking tongues is known as “praying in the spirit.” Others refer to it as “singing in the spirit.”Some call it the “heavenly language or the prayer language.” What is meant by the term “speaking tongues?”
It is a secret language spoken by Christians to God
In Greek research, speaking tongues is referred to as “glossolalia.” “Glossa” means tongue or language.” “Lalia” means talking. Glossolalia is strange. It’s unexplainable. It’s free-flowing. It is made up of small syllabic word parts. It is a secret language spoken by Christians to God.
Praying in the Holy Spirit
Speaking tongues are found in the Old and New Testaments. Mark chapter 16 verse 17, tongues were in the Great Commission. In the Book of Acts, Chapter 2, tongues occurred at Pentecost. Acts 10:46, Cornelius and other Gentiles spoke in tongues. In Acts 19 verse 6, new converts under Paul used tongues. First Corinthians Chapters 12, 13, 14, Paul taught about tongues.
Speaking tongues occurred in Romans 8:26, Jude 20 and Isaiah 28:11. Later, some thought the gift was obsolete. It resurfaced in the 20th century. Tongues showed up in Charles Parham’s Bible class in 1901.Tongue speaking happened at the Azusa Street Revival in 1906 under William Seymour. What are the benefits or purposes of speaking in tongues?
Purposes of Speaking in Tongues
There are spiritual benefits or purposes of speaking in tongues. Tongues can be used in personal edification. It enhances your prayer life, builds you up, and gives you a supernatural boost. You can share secrets with God. Satan will never know what you said. On the other hand, tongues unite people groups from all backgrounds spiritually(Acts 1:8). These are just some of the spiritual highlights.
Speaking tongues has physical benefits. Neuroscientists found its effects on the brain and body. Neuroimaging showed a decrease in the language center of the brain. Hormones are activated during glossolalia. Healing power is released.The immune system gets a boost. Stress reduction occurs, and more. All of which must be preceded by Spirit-led worship.
Speaking tongues has been the subject of many jokes. Skeptics describe it as a bunch of gibberish. Some call it Babel tongues or nonsense. Others think it’s a bunch of fast words. For example, try saying “He’s coming in a Honda”, several times, real fast. Doubters believe this is speaking in tongues. On the other hand, it’s not about words. It’s not about the speed. According to first Corinthians fourteen and two, only God knows.
Watch Christian sermon videos about speaking tongues. Listen to Christian audio tapes on the prayer language. They are available on Christian channels and Christian websites. Watch the Azusa Street Revival and Christian Crusades videos at KNCB.ORG.
Share your suggestions, tips or testimonies about the use of speaking tongues in your personal life, church or ministry.