“But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit.” – Jude 1:20 ESV
Yesterday, we learnt that there is always more to be done in the place of prayer. So much that we need the help of the Spirit to pray (Rom 8: 26).
Some may ask, ‘Why do we need to pray in tongues?’ ‘Why can’t we pray in English Language or in our own tongue and other tongues (languages) known to man?’ You can and should do both (1 Cor 14:15).
The same reasons why you pray should persuade you to pray in tongues. But there is more.
First, praying in tongues is evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit (who is given at salvation) in you. We see in Acts 10:44-48 and Acts 11:18 that when the Holy Spirit came upon the Gentiles in Cornelius’ house, the Jews marvelled because hearing them speak in tongues was enough to prove that they were saved.
The ability to pray in the Spirit is a promise of the Father. In fact, Jesus phrased it as a statement of reality. “And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues” – Mark 16:17 ESV.
Do you believe in the finished works of Jesus Christ? Are you a Christian? Then you have the Holy Spirit and you can pray in the Spirit. It is in your nature! It is evidence of your salvation. (Rom 8:9)
Much more, when we pray in tongues, we build up ourselves. Praying in the Spirit is the technology for your edification (Jude 1:20, I Cor 14:4a).
People who ask ‘why tongues?’ may not be aware of the benefits and great things proven by speaking in tongues.
Now that you are aware, my question to you is ‘Why not?’