Speaking in Tongues
Last week we were chatting at home about how important speaking in tongues is, and what a useful tool it can be. In our church where speaking in tongues is a very normal thing for us to do, it can quite easily be taken for granted or we can not fully understand the gift God has given us. There are many different aspects to this subject but here are a few of our thoughts and experiences that show the benefits.
You have probably heard that it says in the bible that when we speak in tongues it edifies us, or in other words, it builds us up – helps us to grow. Our spirit becomes stronger when we spend time speaking in tongues and so it becomes much easier to live submitted to the Holy Spirit and not the flesh (what our soul or body demand).
A few years ago I, Mark, felt really challenged to spend at least 15 minutes of every day praying in tongues and so I made this a key part of my time with God every day and although I missed the odd day here and there, I was very disciplined in doing it. It was interesting to see what happened as a result of this. Without trying I suddenly found that it was much easier to hear God’s voice and his promptings and leadings throughout the day. When I came to pray for other people I could hear God speaking about their lives much more clearly and overall there was a greater spiritual sharpness to my life. Alongside this I found I had a greater eagerness to want to do what God wanted for me and emotionally, I was far calmer and a lot less stressed. Finally I also noticed that along side the physical exercise I was doing, the desires I had for unhealthier foods just began to disappear and in a very easy way (without really trying) I was eating and drinking a lot more healthily. So for me the praying in tongues affected me in a very positive way in every area of my life; spirit, soul and body.
Another great help of praying in tongues is that it helps us to pray when we have no idea what to pray for, in other words when our natural language just isn’t enough and we don’t know what to say.
This happened to me, Simone, last week when trying to solve some challenges I was faced with for the set up of the stage for the Arise women’s conference. I had been struggling to find the throne we wanted and tried many different options but either they were not right or too expensive and it just wasn’t happening. I was thinking about the year when the stage set had been the easiest and looked great when God reminded me that I had prayed in tongues when working it out and so felt I should pray in tongues again as I had no idea what to pray in English! That night I spent just a few minutes praying in tongues and then went to bed. The following morning when we were visiting Mark’s parent’s church I spotted the perfect solution and just what I had been trying to find so after the service ended I went and asked the vicar if we could borrow it and amazingly he just let us have it without any questions. The end result being that it really did make a massive difference to the stage at the conference and all came about because God lead me to pray in tongues.
These are just a few different examples of how speaking in tongues is not just a nice gift from God but a vital tool that He gives us for our help and benefit. So I suppose the question for all of us is are we using this gift as much as we could or should? Maybe you have never spoken in tongues before and don’t know how to, well my suggestion is to ask your life group leader to explain it to you, or get in touch with us here and someone will talk you through it but once you are speaking in tongues make sure that you do it as much as you can!