Last week I shared about getting Intimate with the Holy Spirit and I mentioned speaking in tongues as one of the ways to grow in your relationship with the Holy Spirit. I got a DM on Instagram from someone asking if it’s compulsory for every Christian to speak or pray in tongues as she believes it’s one of the gifts of the Spirit and not something everyone can have.
I believe every spirit filled Christian can and should speak in tongues and I believe that’s the same intention God has for every one of us His children and the idea that speaking in tongues is not meant for every believer is a BIG lie from the pit of Hell. It just makes a lot of sense that the enemy would tirelessly fight against something that is so potent and powerful to ensure a lot of Christians are powerless and kept in the dark because he knows that speaking in tongues equips us to communicate with God on a unique level and empowers us to effectively live the supernatural life.
So many Christians have been robbed of the blessings God intended them to have by believing that speaking in tongues isn’t for everyone. But the Word shows us that every believer needs to be filled with the Holy Ghost. And the Word says that when we get filled with the Holy Ghost, we will speak with tongues (Acts 2:4). However, speaking with tongues does not occur as just one initial experience of being filled with the Holy Ghost, and then it ceases. Speaking with tongues is a continual experience for the rest of our lives as Christians.
There are a handful of reasons why every Christian should speak in tongues, I’d just share some of these reasons and all of which I experience personally.
- Praying in Tongues Helps Us Speak Directly to God and Pray out His Plan for Our Life.
1st Corinthians 14:2 – “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.”
When we pray in tongues, we are speaking directly to God, the Master of the universe and even though we may not understand what we are saying, God does. And guess what? Even the devil doesn’t understand it.
Do you notice that sometimes when you pray in English or maybe in your native language, you have the tendency to veer off and get distracted? And even sometimes when you start going through your list of prayer requests, by the time you are finished reading them off to God, you feel more burdened than refreshed. Praying in your understanding is really very limited. Tongues keep us talking directly to God, praying in agreement with His perfect will and you just feel lifted after praying in tongues. You feel like you’ve settled the things bothering because you actually have.
God’s plan for our life remains a mystery to us but through speaking in tongues, we can pray out the plan of God for our life by the power of the Holy Spirit. When we relate with the Holy Spirit on His level and in His language, He reveals things to us about our lives that we never would have known. 1st Corinthians 2: 10- “But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.” As we pray in the Spirit, we discover things that were previously mysterious and unknown , and we start coming into greater focus and clarity about God’s plan for our life.
- Praying in Tongues Empowers us for Spiritual Warfare From the Position of Victory
Ephesians 6:18- “Praying ALWAYS with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (emphasis mine)
Truth is life is a warfare not a fun fare (in Bishop Oyedepo’s voice) Even Jesus told us that in this life, we will experience tribulation but He also told us to rejoice for He has overcome the world (John 16:33). Victory has already been secured at Calvary.
When we face trials, it is easy for us to become weary in the place of prayer, often not knowing what or how to pray. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:26 says “for we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us” When in the heat of a spiritual battle, it is easy to start praying prayers that agree with the size of the attack, emphasizing the problem rather than focusing on the size of the blood-bought victory that Jesus purchased at the cross. Praying in tongues empowers us to agree with God’s victorious battle plan for our life and our circumstances, no matter what is going on around us. Praying in tongues does not deny reality; it simply positions us to agree with the higher truth of Scripture which is- Victory has been purchased, and it is ours through Jesus Christ.
- Praying in Tongues Opens Up the Bible in a New, Living Way
John 16:13- “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak”
For some people, reading the Bible can feel like a life-draining experience. It’s not just history. It is not a mere record of facts. Scripture isn’t just stories. I’ve personally experienced several times when I open my bible after praying in tongues for a while and I’m literally jumping as I’m reading because every word is speaking directly to something I’m going through at that moment or I’m getting a deeper revelation about the same scripture I have read severally before.
The same Holy Spirit who inspired the writing and compiling of the Holy Scriptures lives inside of us. He wants to guide us through the Bible, make the words jump off the page, give us understanding on confusing matters, empower us to apply God’s Word to our everyday life, share prophetic promises with us and help us discover our role in God’s unfolding story.
- Praying in Tongues Grants Access to Other Revelatory Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1st Corinthians 12:8- “For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit … to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues”
Praying in tongues actually unlocks other revelatory gifts of the Holy Spirit-word of wisdom, word of knowledge, prophecy and discerning of spirits. When we pray in tongues, we are not praying on a natural dimension, but rather engaging on a purely spiritual one. That’s why so many times while praying in tongues, the Holy Spirit gives supernatural insight about a particular thing, leads us to pray for a particular person or people that we most likely would not have if praying in our understanding and He also gives us clarity over people, situations and even regions, enabling us to effectively pray for and break off the spiritual strongholds that are influencing them.
- Speaking in Tongues Builds Our Faith.
Jude 20- “Building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.”
Speaking in tongues stimulates faith and helps us learn how to trust God more fully. Truth is even to speak in tongues we require faith because the Holy Spirit supernaturally directs the words we speak; we don’t know what the next word will be, we have to trust God for that. And trusting God in one area helps us learn to trust Him in another area.
- Speaking in Tongues Keeps Us Continually Aware of The Holy Spirit’s Indwelling Presence.
When we continually pray and worship God in tongues, it helps us to be ever conscious of His indwelling presence. And when we are conscious of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit every day, it is bound to affect the way we think, speak and live our everyday lives.
Speaking in tongues is not spooky. It is not exclusive to the super-spiritual. It does not even signify elevated spiritual maturity. It is a gift. It is a tool. It is powerful, available and absolutely life-changing. The Holy Spirit knows what is coming in the future, and I totally believe that if we will be sensitive and responsive to Him, He will show us things to come (John 16:13). He will equip each of us for what lies ahead in life, if we will yield to Him. Praying and speaking with tongues is one way to do that; it is one way to be built up spiritually in order to prepare and be ready for whatever may come in the future.
God has given each of us a supernatural means of edifying ourselves, or building ourselves up, spiritually. God has given to us a supernatural means of communicating with and worshipping Him.
As a Spirit-filled believer, are you taking FULL advantage of the gift of tongues?