We’ve been studying the power of words and this study covers the umbilical myths about praying in tongues. Speaking in tongues is not gibberish, but a pure, heavenly language. When we pray in tongues, we are praying in cooperation with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:1 – Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
In the Greek – Pente, means five; cost, means to the tenth power; “Pentekoste”; meaning 50 days. It’s 50 days, counting 50 days after the first Sabbath from the first Passover. It’s exactly 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus. So when Scripture says, “The Day of Pentecost had fully come,” it means on the 50th day.
Acts 2:2 – And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. (Verse 3) Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. (Verse 4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Tongues Is A Language
Speaking in tongues is not gibberish, according to the Bible, it is a language. Acts 2:5, 6 – Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. (Verse 6) And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and was confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.
There are three myths about speaking in tongues: (1) You start speaking fluently the first day. That is not what they did on the Day of Pentecost. The Bible says, “They “heard” them speak in their own language. Big difference! That was the miracle! These people in that upper room had “yielded” their tongues to the Holy Spirit. Isn’t it amazing that the very first thing that He did when He came was change the tongue! And these 120 people had to cooperate with the Holy Spirit.
Think about this: When we first start speaking any language, we don’t start off fluently speaking, we start with one or two words.
So many are afraid to speak in tongues because they are concerned they won’t do it right. Do you think God doesn’t know what you are trying to say from the spirit? Yes, He does. (2) You can’t control it! I’ve heard people say that they are afraid they will go into a trance with no control and they don’t want to do that. Think about the other gifts of the Holy Spirit: Can you control the gift of teaching? Can you control the gift of prophecy? Sure you can, so why would praying in tongues be any different?
Myth: (3) It’s just going to jump out of you one day. People think that because they’ve prayed and nothing happened, one day they will just start speaking in tongues. The people who say and believe these myths have never been taught properly about the gifts of the Spirit and should get understanding before trying to discredit this wonderful gift.
Speaking In Tongues Is A Language Of The Spirit
1 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.
1 Corinthians 14:14 – For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. (Verse 15) What is the result then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.
Paul is saying, “If I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying.” Then he says, “So what’s the conclusion? I’ll pray with the spirit, and that would be in tongues, and I’ll pray with my understanding.” Think about this; How many prayers are not being fulfilled because they are praying with just their own understanding? Is it possible that the Holy Spirit has more understanding than us about that particular matter?
How many people only pray “soulish” prayers with their mind, will, and emotions? That’s praying with their own understanding. The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:39, to not forbid anyone to speak in tongues! Do you know how many denominations disobey that verse?
There are churches and leaders that will tell their congregations that speaking in tongues is demonic! If you have been taught that, there might be a stronghold that will keep you from receiving this powerful gift. How in the world did these people ever come to the conclusion that a gift from the Holy Spirit is from the devil? Also, why is there so much controversy over speaking in tongues?
It’s because “Life and death are in the power of the tongue,” and Satan doesn’t want you to know that we can submit our tongue to the Holy Spirit. When we first start, we may not feel anything special, but we are praying in faith, just like everything else we do as a Christian. But if we will continue, we will soon have images of what we are praying about then understanding will come. A break-through will come.
Speaking in tongues is actually part of our “Armor.” Ephesians 6:17 – And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (Verse 18) praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints –
Jude 20 – But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.
Is it possible that a person that is losing some of their battles is because they are not building themselves up in the Spirit? Are they putting their whole armor on? Are they losing because they are not allowing their spirit to pray?
Genesis 11:1 – Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. So what language was that? I don’t think it was English or Hebrew. Is it possible that it was a heavenly language?
Genesis 11:5 – But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. (Verse 6) And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. (Verse 7) “Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
Then the Lord confused their language and scattered them. They were trying to build a tower to heaven. Our obvious question when we read this is, “What was so wrong with that?” God said nothing they proposed to do will be withheld from them. In essence, “We better take this language away, because with this language all things are possible!”
So is it possible that when we use our heavenly language, that what we pray for, nothing will be withheld from us? Why? Because we are not praying “soulish” prayers when we pray in tongues, we are praying spiritual prayers.
All the different languages come from the time God changed their language at the Tower of Babel. Now look at what the prophet says about when the Holy Spirit comes:
Zephaniah 3:9 – “For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they may all call on the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one accord.”
Did you catch that? Zephaniah said “Restore” not give! This is amazing! God said He was going to restore, give back, to the peoples, the very language He took away at the tower of Babel, that nothing that they proposed to do will be withheld from them!
When we pray, the Lord hears our thoughts, so don’t mock those who pray in tongues. It may not be as beautiful as some when they do it, but at least they have the courage to try!
The Lord would not give us this gift of speaking in tongues if it was not beneficial.