– by André and Jenny Roebert
The Bible teaches us that praying in tongues is evidence of being filled with the Spirit of God. It is a sign of His power being alive and activated inside of us. Now, the reason 1 Corinthians 12:10 describes this gift as diverse tongues, or various kinds of unknown tongues, is because there are different kinds of tongues He gives us. I’m going to explain this to you as carefully and clearly as I can.
Mysteries of God
When we receive the gift of tongues, we receive a personal prayer language. The Bible says that when we pray in tongues, we are speaking the mysteries of God. His own Spirit is speaking God’s perfect Will through us. Paul speaks about speaking in unknown tongues in 1 Corinthians 14:2, as a language not understood by anyone but the Spirit of God. A spiritual language communicated between His Spirit and ours. It says, “For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men, but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the Holy Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding].”
We can’t interfere
As mentioned, when we pray in tongues, we pray the perfect Will of God in and over our lives and any situation the Spirit of God leads us to pray over. The devil doesn’t understand it, so he can’t interfere; neither does our natural mind understand it, so our own reasoning can’t interfere with our faith either.
Fire from within
Praying in the Spirit, or tongues, activates and stirs up the power of the Holy Spirit inside of us, like powering us up from the inside. It makes the power of God, that resides inside us, rise up to energise and dominate every part of us. It’s a wonderful gift that empowers and strengthens the believer as we speak God’s perfect Will into existence. 1 Corinthians 14:4 says, “He who speaks in a [strange] tongue edifies and improves himself…”
Romans 8:26 puts it perfectly:
“So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.”
The most powerful prayer
Jude 1:20 says, “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.” When we pray in the Holy Spirit in our personal time with the Lord, we build and strengthen our spirit man. It’s such a powerful prayer because it’s not contaminated with our own emotions of worry and fear. This means it supercharges us with our most holy faith – the faith of God released into our spirits.
André and Jenny Roebert are the founders of Faith Broadcasting Network South Africa. For more info visit: myfaithtv.com
Article source: JOY! Magazine