The second to the last gift of the spirit mentioned by the Apostle Paul is Different Kinds of Tongues.
There are several situations where the Holy Spirit suddenly prompts someone to start praying in tongues. Later that person hears that someone’s life was saved, or a disaster averted at that same time. Their prayer was just someone else’s life or their own life. This is the benefit of the gift of tongues.
[01/03, 16:55] Sister Joy: Let us look at these 7 scriptures and see what we can learn about tongues:
SCRIPTURES ON SPEAKING IN TONGUES
1. “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 14:2)
👉Meaning it is a language no one understands by their self.
2. “*I wish you all spoke with tongues*, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.” (1 Corinthians 14:5)
👉Meaning we should all desire to speak with tongues.
3. “Therefore, *let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret*. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.” (1 Corinthians 14:13-14)
👉Meaning we should pray and ask God for the interpretation of our tongues.
4. “Though I *speak with tongues of men and angels*, but have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.” (1 Corinthians 13:1)
👉Meaning tongues can be an earthly language that you have never previously learnt before or an angelic language not known to man.
5. “Therefore, *tongues are for a sign*, not to those who believe but to unbelievers…” (1 Corinthians 14:22)
👉Meaning it can be used to win souls. e.g., I just wake up one morning and start speaking Japanese fluently to a native who knows I did not even understand the language the day before. It is proof of the power and existence of God.
6. “Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and *do not forbid to speak with tongues*. Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Corinthians 14:39-40)
👉Meaning that we should not ban speaking in tongues when we gather in fellowship with other believers, but we should manifest it with orderliness and decency.
7. “Likewise, the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but *the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us* with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26)
👉Meaning we sometimes are not sure what we ought to pray for, praying in tongues can help us pray according to God’s will.
Point seven is by far my most favorite benefit of praying in tongues. There are many times I just have a huge burden to pray but am not sure what I should be praying about. Other times, I know what to pray on, but I do not have the words to express it. Praying in tongues helps me pray according to the perfect will of God. It also helps us spend long hours in prayer without saying the same sentences repeatedly.
You can start manifesting this gift today by simply desiring it genuinely and asking God for it in prayer. While praying, open your mouth and just speak whatever comes out. Do not be shy🤭. The more you speak in tongues, the more you will grow in this gift.