“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Acts 2:4 KJV
There have been countless debates about the gift of tongues in the body of Christ. Some people believe that supernatural things have ceased since the time of the apostles. Others, while they believe that tongues are real, would rather not engage in it altogether because it is strange.
However, as believers, our conclusion on certain matters should not come from opinions but from the word. Therefore, let’s look at what the Bible says about why a believer should speak in tongues.
“And I will pray [to] the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever.” John 14:16 KJV
Beloved, the Holy Spirit is the fulfilled promise of the Father to you and the gift of tongues is one of the provisions available in the Spirit for your progress in the faith. Like Paul said, we should not ignore or be ignorant about spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1), because they are God’s gifts to us.
Every time you speak in tongues as a believer, you confirm and testify that Jesus is glorified.
“Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth: It is good for you that I go away. For if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” John 16:7 ESV
“This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.” Acts 2:33-34 ESV
You may have thought of how wonderful it is to live during Jesus’ time. To walk, talk and eat with the saviour of the world. His disciples also counted it a rare privilege and didn’t understand why it would be a good thing for Him to go.
Jesus, in human flesh, was limited and could not be omnipresent neither could He dwell in the hearts of men. But after His ascension, His Spirit was poured out and now lives in you. You have become His temple. Hallelujah!
Therefore, when you pray in tongues, you testify that Christ is seated in heavenly places, on the right hand of the Father (Hebrews 1:3). You proclaim that He has won the victory over sin and death and they have no power over you anymore.
Dear believer, you are a testament to the risen Christ! Rejoice!
As you pray in tongues today, know that you are building and stirring yourself up (1 Corinthians 14:4). It’s a spiritual exercise that never leaves you the same. You are emboldened to be and dare more for God.
Go ahead and pray in tongues!
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 13:10-21, 1 Timothy 1:12-20, Proverbs 2, Ezra 3