Do you know that speaking in tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit? Yes it is a gift of God through the Holy Spirit to the Church.
Then what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them and everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability (Acts 2:2-4).
Now, as you can see from the passage above, the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles on the day of Pentecost in tongues of fire and His presence was evidenced and they speak in tongues as the Holy Spirit gave them ability (utterances).
In this Article, we shall examine the reasons why you should pray in tongues.
Top 12 Reasons Why You Should Pray In Tongues
Here Are Top 12 Reasons Why You Should Pray In Tongues
1. It Is a Gift Of God
It is the one and only spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have (1 Corinthians 12:11 NLT).
Now, I want you to note that anyone who has received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and he have the Holy Spirit living in him speaks in tongues and prays in tongues.
Speaking in tongues is a language of the Spirit which God gives to every believer as a gift through the Holy Spirit. So, praying in tongues enhances effectiveness in prayers and produces great results.
On the other hand, you must continue to build your life on the foundation of your holy faith Bible says But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20 NLT).
When you prays in tongues you will receive directions from the Holy spirit and you will have your foundation established in holy faith.
2. It Is a Sign Of Membership
One of the signs that you are a member of God’s household is by praying in tongues. I want you to note that the words were not learned, they were divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit but spoken by believers.
So, when you pray in tongues you are not speaking to man but to God. In other words you are in direct and private communication with God. It is a sign of your membership in the body of Christ.
Bible says: These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages (tongues; Mark 16:17 NLT).
3. You Prevails In Prayer
The Bible says: For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don’t understand what I am saying (1 Corinthians 14:14 NLT).
Now, whenever you are praying in tongues, it is actually your spirit is engaged in a conversation with the Holy Spirit. It means that one’s spirit is energized while the flesh is weakened. So, you prevails in prayer by praying in tongues.
It is expedient for you to pray in tongues so as to last long in prayer and to tender many petitions to God.
4. God Communicates To Us In Tongues
I want you to know that God desires to communicates with His children. One of the major ways in which God communicates to His children is through tongues. In other words by praying in the Spirit or by an unknown tongues.
It is pertinent you talk back to God in tongues because prayer is a communion with God. So, this is in agreement with the teaching of Jesus Christ in (Matthew 6:5-6 Gideon’s Bible)
I quote And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your father who is in secret. And your father who sees in secret will reward you.
5. Satan is Confused
Do you know that when you pray in tongues Satan is confused? Yes tongue is a mystery that is spoken to God. When you speak in tongues Satan is confused because he don’t understand what you are saying. But, God understands when you speak in tongues.
That is why Bible says: For if you have the ability to speak in tongues, you will be talking only to God, since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the spirit, but it will all be mysterious (1 Corinthians 14:2 NLT).
The devil lacks the power to comprehend what you are praying about when you pray in tongues. He is not omniscience, only God is omniscience.
6 It Empowers You
Anybody who prays or speaks in tongues is strengthened personally in the Lord to do great things in life and destiny. You will be empowered by God to strengthen the entire church and the world at large through the words of knowledge, wisdom and prophecy.
So, speaking in tongues empowers a believer to be a great light and become outstanding to his generation.
7. Tongues And Prophecies Go Together
I have come to realize that tongues are prophecies that when one is speaking in tongues, such a person is prophesying. Prophecy revels the mind of God concerning a thing in the past or present.
So, when you pray in the tongues, you speak prophetic words that has happened in the past, or is happening now or in the future. That is why is important to have an interpreter.
8. It Is a Command By God
So, my brethren, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:39 RSV).
I want you to take note of the word “forbid” in the above passage. God desires us to communicate with Him with tongues and not in ordinary words.
God’s heartbeat is that a believer matures in praying in tongues so as to fulfil destiny. So, you can see from the above scripture that it is a command by God to pray in tongues.
9. For Personal Edification
He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church (1 Corinthians 14 vs 4 RSV).
Now, edify means to instruct, teach, improve, build up, enlightened so as to encourage intellectually or morally. One of the greatest way to equip oneself intellectually or morally is to pray in tongues. Praying in tongues is key for personal edification.
10. Identity Of a Believer
And There appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born (Acts 2:3, 6, 8 RSV).
Now, you can see that many people were around in the passages above, but few people spoke in different tongues. Those who spoke in tongues were believers and the tongues were symbolized by cloves of fire on their heads. So, speaking in tongues is marks your identity as a believer.
11. It brings Glory To God
God is glorified whenever you prays or speak in tongues. It causes an overwhelming astonishments and wonders to people when one prays in tongues. So, if you want God to be glorified and magnified pray in tongues.
12. You Flow In God’s Power
There is this kind of unique and powerful atmosphere that is created each time one prays in tongues. It brings down the power and the glory of God.
The Bible says But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1 vs 8 NLT).
From the above scripture you will see that the power comes after the Holy Spirit has come upon them, not before. So, there is a close relationship between receiving the power of the Spirit and speaking in tongues.
On the other hand, a non praying Christian is a powerless Christian if you want to flow in God’s power, spend quality time praying in tongues.
Now, the Bible said in 1 Corinthians 14 vs 39, forbid not to speak in tongues. In other words praying in the spirit or speaking in tongues should be encouraged among brethren.
So, if you are an obedient child of God and you want to obey the word of God, this the reasons why you should pray in tongues.