You need God’s power to pray in tongues, so it’s alright to drop the “do it on my own strength” ego and ask for help on breaking through. I knew my spirit took over when i was not thinking of the next syllable to sing. Age 81 on the computer ain’t that easy! I wanted to also state that some people think we are praying in a known language that we ourselves don’t know because the crowd that heard them speaking on the day of Pentecost heard the men speaking in their own language. In the same way, so many people are afraid they aren’t going to do it right, but even if you don’t do it right your Father likes it. Bill Johnson puts it really well “God hides things to be found”. Submerge my soul in your Spirit and gift me with the power to pray in tongues. Another possibility may be spiritual. I remember looking down at my mouth in disbelief trying to understand what was happening. Speaking in tongues actually happens when a person allows syllables to flow out of their mouth without consciously controlling them. It is not merely the performance of rituals and sacraments. I heard his very words. My point is pray to be shown your iniquities and generational curses, and pray for them to be released. In the terminology of Acts we could say, what a powerless Christian needs is a baptism in the Holy Spirit. So if I’m speaking and one person hears me in Spanish, another in German, another in Italian and another in Greek… am I speaking 4 languages at once or am I speaking in an unknown tongue and God is allowing each of them to hear me in their own language so they can know what I’m praying? God initiates it by enabling us to believe (Ephesians 2:8–9; 2 Timothy 2:25; John 1:13). I so appreciate your message and I will certainly give all your suggestions careful consideration. Let it sink into your spirit that you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then … But there are many others that need to act in faith to see the rewards. 3. We must give an open expression of faith in the act of water baptism in obedience to Jesus Christ. God is poised and ready to baptize you in His Holy Spirit when you ask Him. I hope what I’ve said helps someone in just letting God use them as He sees fit. Plateaus in anything can be frustrating, but it sounds like you have the will power of a saint – well done! The Bible says those baptized with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost "began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:4). This is my experience with the Holy Spirit. He seems to have in view the person who feels ostracized without tongues and says (verse 16), “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body.” Paul responds, “Not everybody speaks in tongues!”, For these five reasons I cannot say with the Pentecostals that no Christian has been baptized in the Holy Spirit unless he has spoken in tongues. Paul finds in Ephesus some disciples of John the Baptist who had never heard of the Holy Spirit. And, generally, following water-baptism at some later point, you pray for the baptism in the Spirit and are overwhelmed with a new fullness and freedom and power accompanied by speaking in tongues. The NASB correctly says in verse 17 that God gave the Holy Spirit after they believed. Paul explains to them that John pointed people forward to Jesus, and so verse 5 says, “On hearing this they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. This is wonderful I totally agree with the writer of this article. I opened my mouth and began to speak in a language I didn’t understand but my mouth knew what it was doing, I didn’t know I was speaking in tounges at the time and only realized it years later. (2) How do we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? I don’t think our prayer language is a language like any other language that exists. So if each person heard what was being spoken in their own language it seems obvious to me that they were all “hearing an interpretation of what was being spoken” and not that the speaker was speaking their language! I was first shocked. You act out of faith, your gift is strengthened, which results in increased faith for the next action. I have never found anyone else who has had the same experience and when I hear people try to form words using their own language it’s hard to believe that it comes from the Holy Spirit because I have heard the language o the Holy Spirit before and its something I will never forget. . An evangelist prayed and anoint the Holy Spirit in me, took me 5 to 10 mins of her praying to open my mind and heart to speak first time in tongues. Contrary to what many believe, the ability to speak in tongues is not described in Scripture as the proof that a Christian has the Holy Spirit. Designed by Praying Medic | Powered by the Holy Spirit, March 7, 2016 / I stopped crying. 5. After many months I still unable to receive a break through. He spoke personally to me. I promise there will be a day where it all comes out like a flood and you will finally think “I’m doing it! I am aware that in 1 Corinthians 12:13 Paul says that baptism in the Spirit is an act of God by which we become a part of the body of Christ at conversion, so that in his terminology all genuine converts have been baptized in the Spirit. It seems risky to me to say, since it happened this way four times it must happen this way all the time. And that’s a lot of us! Thank you for sharing. Christ comes into your life by the Spirit. It is the life-changing experience of the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord of the universe. Getting hung up on linguistics can be a huge blockage – so start from scratch and start learning sounds again. We all sin once in a while—it's part of human nature. I pray in tongues and I say about 9 syllables over and over again. In the passage above, the apostle Paul said under divine inspiration from the Holy Spirit (since all Scripture is given by inspiration of God per 2 Timothy 3:16) that he wished all of us spoke with tongues. These accounts are found in … Once I prayed about 7 to 9 hours straight with break for eating and I got an interpretation, I say to God, “I need You. Paul writes, Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit … Max, I just now figured out how to find the original post with comments. Pastor John explains why providence overflows with practical implications. Once you have unglued those sounds that feel like they might work, then switch to prayer using those new sounds. I love how Robert Morris of Gateway Church puts it so simply in this video (4:50): Babies don’t start speaking fluently, and here is the amazing thing…we think it’s cute. My father and the baby’s father were standing there and I wanted to share my thoughts with them so I opened my mouth and instead of the prayers I was thinking coming out something in a different language did. 1. You can receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit by asking and yielding and receiving in faith, and stepping out and speaking in tongues. But the limitations of the sounds r there. 5:5). Joseph explains the benefits of receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. My mom taught me to start with a song, singing the words then changing the syllables. Pray to be given the tools to ask for forgiveness, and pray for faith. Worrying about your technique of a God-given gift, where the Holy Spirit prays with you, where spoken words aren’t understood…you get my point, worrying is meaningless and is going to do nothing but throw you off track. All I’m doing is letting Him use my mouth to state what He wants and I never thought it was my job to care what I was saying but to trust Him to speak through me and to offer Him my mouth as often as I could think to do it. Keep with it, *practice* more, and always trust God. Remember that you are trying to remove all distractions, so when you start trying to pray in tongues find a quiet place that you can be alone to sit (or lay) for an hour. It takes them from “A” to “Z” in the doctrine of this experience and shares very practical steps on how to receive the gift of speaking in tongues. Do gifts (like tongues) happen instantly? I never once thought it was because I was stuck in my prayer language since I’ve never felt I had anything to do with my prayer language. They didn’t just believe it happened because an apostle said so. God has … Verse 39 says, “The promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, everyone to whom the Lord our God calls to him.” No one comes to faith in Christ unless the Father draws him (John 6:44, 65). For all I know, God could change the meaning of what I’m saying each and every time, since it’s His language. However, sometimes amidst all the practice we just don’t feel powerful enough to break into the next level. Amazing grace, how sweet etc da tah ka ma Ki la ti dee. When we speak in tongues, we use a language enabled by the Spirit that cannot be understood by the natural mind. As Paul explained to the Corinthians: “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. It may be present or may not. So I pray in tongues a lot while I’m at work, at the grocery store, while driving or planting flowers, etc. The gift of speaking in tongues IS something we should all desire, and it's available to all of us. This cycle of action and faith is no different in learning how to pray in tongues. I began to call prayer lines all over the country asking for help to receive what I understood to be a gift. Notice that the gift of the Spirit, or baptism in the Spirit, is preceded by faith. “While Peter was still saying this the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. Start exercising your tongue and mind to produce random word parts. The words were perfectly formed and my mouth knew exactly what it was doing but it has never happened again. He gives you the power to say no, and He gives you the power to say yes. This is no different than what Paul said in Romans 8:14, “All who are led by the Spirit are the sons of God” (see 2 Corinthians 13:5 and 1 John 3:24; 4:12–13). (275), They call this “the scriptural pattern of the ‘doctrine of baptisms.’”. The Gift of Tongues The Holy Spirit is not going to force you to speak. Speaking in tongues is believed to be an act of strong faith, so focusing your mind in this way makes it much easier to successfully speak in tongues. PM prayed over hundreds of people before seeing healing. Don’t feel like you’re cheating though, you learn every day through external stimulus so don’t let this be any different. First, the word of the gospel is received by faith. Through Jesus Christ we all have the gift of heartfelt giving, but does that mean that the Holy Spirit makes the money jump out of our pocket into the offering plate? Then, you are baptized in water. My prayer language is simple and vowel heavy. In war we use spies to send secret messages back to headquarters and we on purpose don’t state it in a way that is obvious. That sounds exactly like what happened, I opened my mouth and out it came, no rehearsing or chanting or helping along, it was just there. Sure do – I think it is awesome when it does! As I sat alone, crying, all of a sudden from my belly welled up words, beautiful words. Many people incorrectly believe that gifts from God are bestowed upon us all at once and in full and their inability to heal, prophesy, or speak in tongues is because God has not yet blessed them with the gift. I firmly believe this to be true when it comes to this gift because tongues is a core tool for us to edify ourselves and the church. Place faith in God’s salvation plan at the forefront of your mind. In short, start babbling like a baby. I tried to pray myself but it sounds fake and forced. Speaking in tongues is nowhere presented as something all Christians should expect when they receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and are therefore baptized in the Holy Spirit. This is the same material I give to those who receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit at our Gospel Truth Seminars. You trust his provision for your forgiveness. If you want to understand the New Testament you need the same experience that all its writers had. . When you are in church, ask someone you know who already speaks in tongues to pray with you. He will like that you are trying. There are five reasons why I am not as confident as the Pentecostals are that speaking in tongues is a necessary part of being baptized in the Spirit: 1. Do you think this is me hindering the Spirit or is that all He’s giving me. The word of God must be heard. Whether or not you speak in tongues, these two things will be your experience if you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit — a new desire to magnify God in worship and a powerful disposition to obey God in everyday life. I got so excited that I lost focus and haven’t been able to get it back (flowing) since. We could talk for hours about what that experience is. It really is that easy! Baptism was the universal experience of all Christians in the New Testament. The point is that this is a time of prayer, and you will need the same type of quiet isolation that your prayer time normally demands plus a little extra. The Gift of Tongues is from the Holy Spirit and Spoken Only to God. New Christian here from Singapore. Cause I can’t speak several languages all at the same time. The God who keeps watch over the nations, this God still speaks today. I was 15 at the time. For they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God.”. In fact, hearing Cornelius and his household speak in tongues … I’m not sure why it happens, but perhaps to minister to others who are in similar situations. It is inevitable that when the object of your heart’s worship changes, your obedience changes. I pray in tongues often and everywhere. You may be stuck on one or more of these crossroads as well, and if that’s the case this article on how to pray in tongues for you. However, we see later in chapter 12 that not all who have this experience speak in tongues. We’re on a mission to change that. Once I was in a church where LITERALLY EVERYONE in the church who desired the gift of the infilling of the Holy Spirit evidenced by tongues received! All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. The gift of tongues was the most common spiritual gift in the New Testament church. For many years, I’ve never progressed beyond 3 words that I say over and over. On pages 64–65 the question is posed, “What if I don’t speak in tongues? Singing in tongues is even easier—especially if you like to sing! I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized in water, but you shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us, when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I should withstand God?”. I close by pointing you to Peter’s instructions for how to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:38–41: 1. The two questions I want to try to answer today are: (1) What does it mean to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? In fact, out of all the conversion accounts in the New Testament, only two record speaking in tongues in that context. Many people incorrectly believe that gifts from God are bestowed upon us all at once and in full and their inability to heal, prophesy, or speak in tongues is because God has not yet blessed them with the gift. After this demon episode is gone. I just open up my mouth and let God have His way with what comes out. Some people believe that you should not pray in the Spirit or in tongues in the open or a group. Acts records at least nine other conversion stories, but never again mentions a two-step sequence with tongues (Acts 8:36; 9:17–19; 13:12, 48; 14:1; 16:14; 17:4, 34). Just believe you have received the Spirit.” But that is far from what we see in the New Testament. So you see, the real issue the Charismatics raise for us is not the issue of tongues. Happens each time the demon tries to attack. Reading through the Bible in context helps us understand this question better. I’m sure you have heard people say that if you receive the Holy Ghost then you will speak in tongues. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. Surely the Charismatic renewal has something to teach us here. Next experiment and practice with short vowel sounds, then long vowel sounds. He’s a crusher. thank you so much for your by Anonymous Adding to your sound vocabulary is done through a discovery process that exists both internal and external. However in Church when I felt the Holy spirit presence is high, my tongues became more vigorous and natural. He could ask it, I think, because receiving the Holy Spirit is a real experience. And when you really turn to Christ for new paths and new power, you open yourself to the Holy Spirit, because it is by his Spirit that Christ guides and empowers. . 1. This shows how difficult it is to establish a norm from the way things happened back then. In Acts 5:29 Peter and the apostles say to the Sadducees who had arrested them, “We must obey God rather than men.” Then in verse 32 he says, “We are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God gave to those who are obeying him.” (“Gave” is past tense; “obey” is present, ongoing tense.). Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:30 that “not all speak in tongues” and the words he uses are for general tongues speaking, not merely for a special “gift of tongues” used in church. As a convinced Calvinist, I believe with all my heart that the grace of God precedes and enables saving faith. The Bible tells us in Acts 2:4 that all of the original 120 disciples at Pentecost spoke in tongues in the Upper Room: "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit … Each person heard them in their native tongue and many people there spoke different languages from one another. And the best way to test the faith of these so-called disciples is to ask them about their experience of the Spirit. Some refuse to acknowledge it, others reject it as demonic, or the church simply doesn’t have the pastoral staff to nurture it. I know I felt all of these frustrations during my journey towards a deeper prayer life. My husband often prays in English while I pray in tongues, so I can focus on his voice while allowing myself to speak in tongues. You are His child and He is your Father. I had no idea what it meant to speak in tongues but after they prayed they told me to open my mouth and let God use my tongue and when I opened my mouth… words/sounds came out. This is why Paul can say in Acts 19:2 when he meets the confused disciples of John the Baptist, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” What would a contemporary Protestant evangelical say in response to that question? And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributed and resting on each one of them and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”, The next time tongues is mentioned in Acts is when Peter went to preach at Cornelius’s house in Acts 10:44–46. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Great advice! Full, complete sentences, in a language I’d never heard. I’ve tried working in complex sounds such as “x” and “ing”, but it physically doesn’t come out of my mouth when I’m in prayer – so I’m not going to force it! If there is one thing that will kill your ability to start receiving this gift it’s being distracted as you learn. I just experienced it now as I come from that lonely room. When you speak the language of the Holy Spirit, you find that He’s an enabling. When I started, with my eyes closed, I would see word parts or names flash in front of my eyes. Obedience: The other mark I’ll mention is obedience. That may be the way it starts (Paul may have this early movement in mind in 1 Corinthians 12:13), but if it ends there, Jesus and Luke would not call it a baptism in the Spirit. Focus your mind on God and the holy spirit that God has filled you with. Thank you, Jesus, for everything. You don’t have to speak in tongues in order to be saved. It is easy to imagine a spiritual counselor saying to a new convert today, “Don’t expect to notice any difference. Speaking in tongues is only spoken to God. It was during lunchtime in my car with the seat reclined that I personally found initial comfort; however, I found my own voice to be very distracting, so I even went to the length of listening to gospel music with headphones. Nice post! One evening after yet another call to the Richard Roberts prayer line without success I sat and cried, certain that I had in someway done something that somehow I had done something which disqualified me from receiving this gift, that somehow God did not love me as much as he did those who had received. “It comes with the package!” Speaking in tongues is not the baptism in the Holy Spirit, but it is what happens when and as you are baptized in the Spirit and it becomes an important resource to help you continue, as Paul says, to . The preached word is heard with conviction and power only when the effectual call of God lays hold on the hearers. Does speaking in tongues show a person has the Holy Spirit? In all these cases the gift of tongues was immediate and full, no making up words or practicing syllables. and you shall be my witnesses.” This is an experience of boldness and confidence and victory over sin. The negative thing is that I think the Bennets are probably wrong in making tongues a necessary part of the baptism in the Spirit. You need to cooperate with Him by opening your mouth and speaking in faith. Some will work some won’t. Praying in the spirit is one of the most powerful tools we have in our arsenal as believers to live out the abundant life. Second, the Bible provides a good amount of explicit teaching (not mere historical inference) about the evidence of being filled with the Spirit, and none of it centers on speaking in tongues. Heartfelt praise and worship is the mark of a real experience of the Holy Spirit. No, there needs to be a combination of acting through faith and our freewill to bring it into action. There was no doubt about my language being tongues. As I began to wake up and heard the news that the baby was born I thought to myself God bless this new baby and new life, take care of her etc. . In the beginning, it will not be fluent. The evidence of having God’s Spirit should be displayed through our change of character as we begin to develop the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control ( Galatians 5:22-23 ). Father, I call on you for the grace of a new language. As I prayed, sinful memories bubbled up into my memory, but I instantly felt the guilt and shame associated with these sins release. The only other place tongues is referred to in Acts is 19:6. We see in 1 Corinthians 12:13 that baptism of the Holy Spirit is a common and initial experience of all Christians who are entering the body of Christ. These prayers come from our spirit straight to the Spirit of God, using our natural lips, tongues and voices. Terminology: The very term “baptized in the Holy Spirit” (1:5; 11:16) implies an immersion in the life of the Spirit. I’ve been told it’s like a muscle that needs to be exercised so I shall continue to ‘practice’!! 2. The second experience is the receiving, or making welcome of the Holy Spirit so that Jesus can cause Him to pour out this new life from our spirits, to baptize our souls and bodies and then our world around, with his refreshing and renewing power. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. “I believe in the forgiveness of sins.” Those words may have become stale or even cliché for some, but they represent the beauty and scandal of our confession. They sum up the classical two-stage Pentecostal teaching: The first experience of the Christian life, salvation, is the incoming of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ, to give us new life, God’s life, eternal life. This step is the most obvious step, but it’s where most people go wrong – open your mouth. Like other gifts, speaking in tongues is a gift from the Holy Spirit. My Testimony about Speaking in Tongues In Acts 10:46 the disciples knew the Holy Spirit had fallen because “they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling (or magnifying) God.” Speaking in tongues is one particular way of releasing the heart of praise. 2. Some people might have a harder time letting go of the control of their tongue, and maybe they over analyze it way more than do, so I’m not saying that the advice already given is a wrong approach, all I’m stating is how it worked for me. The unction of the Holy Ghost gives you POWER! We actually minister to Him!!! Then laughter, supernatural laughter from deep within poured from my belly, a laughter I could not contain. Not only is it said that you will speak in tongues, but it is often taught that unless you do so then you have not been filled with the Holy Spirit. Therefore, I invite you to experience the greatest thing in the world: Repent, trust Christ, open yourself to the power of his Spirit, be baptized in his name, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Father grant me the power to speak in tongues. I love You.” I though how sweet is this message! Christ had commanded it (Matthew 28:18–20) and the church practiced it. We are called to pray with our minds as well as with our spirits, and starting to pray with the Holy Spirit really is as easy as the above steps. That is the biblical sign. Thanks to all for your comments, it really helped me to not only understand how to progress in tongues but to also know that I’m not alone in my experiences! 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