Praying in Tongues
2 October 2011
- The outpouring
of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost.
- Acts 2:1-4
“They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other
tongues as the Spirit gave them the utterance”
- Jesus made a promise
to His disciples – promise of the Holy Spirit, promise of power.
- Baptism of the
Holy Spirit – entrance experience to realm of the spirit.
- Example: visit
to India – everything different – culture, language, streets, traffic.
Needed an interpreter – someone familiar with the language and culture
- Holy Spirit is
familiar with the culture and language and ways of the
Father, of the Kingdom.
- First experience
– speak (whatever has your tongue has your life – Jam.3:4).
2. Functions and Purpose
of Speaking in Tongues
(i) Speaking in
Tongues: Activates your spirit man
- 1 Cor 14:14 “If
I pray in a tongue my spirit prays.
- You are a spirit
being living in a body – you have spiritual senses and activities.
- Speaking in a
tongue = your spirit is active, is functioning and operating.
spirit has a voice, has a mind.
- When you
activate your spirit you are exercising your spirit man.
(ii) Speaking in
Tongues: Opens a direct flow of communication with the Holy Spirit
- Acts 2:4 “..began
to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them the utterance.”
- Holy Spirit
creates the language.
- Language = way
of expressing thoughts, ideas.
- Holy Spirit
knows the will of God – he creates the language of prayer to speak.
- Holy Spirit transfers
– imparts this language directly into your spirit.
- This language
overflows from your spirit into your mind for you to speak.
- E.g. Pray
strongly in tongues then stop – the language keeps flowing into your mind.
- This is the same
channel the Holy Spirit speaks to you in your natural language.
getting used to this flow of thoughts from the Holy Spirit.
(iii) Speaking in
Tongues: Energises your spirit man
- Eph. 3:20 “..the
power that works in us …”
- Power = dunamus
= supernatural power of God. The Holy Spirit.
- Works = energeo
= to energise, to fill with energy and life.
- Words we speak
can carry energy and life.
- Praying in
tongues strongly – your spirit man becomes energised.
- This flow of the
life of the Holy Spirit also energises your body and soul.
Body becomes quickened
with energy and life.
Soul – your
mind clears and you become sinsitised to voice of the Holy Spirit.
(iv) Speaking in
Tongues: Brings forth the purposes of God
- 1 Cor.14:2 “..in
the spirit he speaks mysteries.”
- Mystery =
something concealed, covered, unknown, not understood.
- The mysteries
are not for God’s benefit but for ours.
- You are the one
who doesn’t understand but needs revelation.
- Mystery =
revelation of God’s Kingdom purpose for your life.
13:11 Mysteries of the Kingdom of God.
4:1 Stewards of the mysteries of God.
- V2 “speak to
God’ = this is a prayer to be answered.
- V28 “speak to
self” = teach yourself – impart revelation into spirit as you speak.
- As you speak in
tongues you are also teaching and imparting to your own
Cor.14:19 Teach others also = also teach self.
- Paul prayed in
tongues continually – also received great revelation.
(v) Speaking in
Tongues: Initiates flows of revelation
- 1 Cor. 2:11-12
Received – the Spirit that is from God that might know the things that
have been freely given to us by God.
flows into our mind the same way the language of tongues does.
- Language of
the heart/spirit is not reasoning and logic.
- Flows – spontaneous,
flow of thoughts and ideas
and inspiration - Insights to Word of God
- Gifts of the Spirit
(vi) Speaking in
Tongues: builds and edifies your spirit
- 1 Cor. 14:4 “..edifies
- Edify = to build
up a house piece by piece.
- You are
responsible to build up your own inner life your spirit man.
- Unless you strengthen
and develop your spirit your spiritual capacity is limited.
- Jude 20
“..but you beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith
praying the Holy Ghost”.
- Praying in
strengthens (Eph 3:16) -
Sensitises the spirit
- surfaces fleshy limitations
(vii) Speaking in
Tongues: Fills you with the Holy Ghost
- Eph. 5:18-19 “Be
not drunk with wine – be filled with the Holy Ghost, speaking to
- Drunk = Methuo
= to be under the influence of alcohol, spirit.
- Filled with
the Holy Ghost = overflow, free, generous, joyful.
- What is holding
you back from speaking in Tongues?