Beloved, tongues is God’s precious grace gift to you. I hope you’ve seen through the Scriptures how it is one gift with many practical and powerful benefits.
If you are concerned about a matter today or looking to the Lord for wisdom or a breakthrough in any area of life, trust that the Spirit of God understands all your concerns, sees where the problem is, is able to heal you, and provide a heavenly answer better than what human might and smarts can come up with.
Instead of becoming anxious as you try to handle the situation in your own strength, I encourage you to pray in tongues. As you do, you’re resting in the Lord’s love and allowing Him to be God. He has promised that it is not by might nor by power, but by His Spirit that your mountain shall become a flat plain (see Zech. 4:6–7)!
Perhaps you already know how to pray in the Spirit, but for some time now, you’ve not practiced this wonderful grace gift. Can I encourage you to start doing it again? You will see His grace—His practical supply—invade every negative situation!
If you’ve never prayed or spoken in tongues before but would like to, let me lead you in a simple prayer to receive this gift. If you have made Jesus your Lord and Savior, rest assured you qualify for this gift.
Jesus Himself said, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will…speak with new tongues” (Mark 16:17). Do you believe in Jesus? Then you can be sure you will receive this gift when you ask in His name, for He also said:
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Beloved, the Father, who’s always ready to give good gifts to you, is more than ready to fill you with His Spirit and give you this heavenly language right now.
Are you ready? Lift up your hands to Him and say this with me:
Heavenly Father, I am confident that You will give me the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the ability to speak in tongues. Inundate me, fill me, and baptize me with the Holy Spirit. Jesus has paid the price for me to receive every blessing from You. So I receive right now Your Holy Spirit till overflowing and I fully expect to start speaking in my new heavenly language in Jesus’ name. I will open my mouth and speak by faith right now. Thank You for all the benefits that praying in the Spirit will release in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
All right, now release your heavenly language. Go ahead and speak in tongues. Romans 8:26 tells us that the Holy Spirit helps us by making intercession for us. The word “help” means “take hold together against” in Greek.4 This means that the Holy Spirit takes hold of our problems together with us. He needs our participation. Exactly how do we participate? We must open our mouths and give voice to Him.
Some of you might feel like nothing happened. But once you have prayed asking God for the gift of tongues, know and believe that He is a God of His Word and has given you this gift simply because you asked Him for it (see Luke 11:13 again).
You may not have started speaking in tongues yet, but don’t be discouraged. Begin by speaking the syllables that come to you. The Holy Spirit is not going to force you to speak. You need to cooperate with Him by opening your mouth and speaking in faith. When you are in church, ask someone you know who already speaks in tongues to pray with you. You can also pray in the Spirit as you worship the Lord in church or on your own.
And if at first, what you hear is monosyllabic, childlike sounds that differ from the tongues of other believers, don’t be disheartened. Just keep at it. Spend some time praying in tongues each day and as you continue, what may have started off as a trickle will become a river. You will become more fluent in your new language, and the more you make praying in tongues part of your daily life, the more you will discover the inward peace, power, and sense of God’s love that praying in the Spirit brings!
My friend, I pray you will experience a deeper walk with the Lord and see the miraculous manifesting in your life as you release His power through this wonderful gift of tongues!
Excerpted from Release God's Power! - Experience the Benefits of Praying in Tongues, page 47, How Can I Receive This Gift and Walk in Its Blessings?.
4. NT: 4878, James Strong, Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.