6. Some Observations

This is a relational gift, so it is somewhat different for everyone. But here I want to share some observations I have made from my own experience.

1. Human languages - While praying in tongues, you might suddenly realize that you are speaking another human language. It's a very fun experience.

2. Manifestations - While the act of speaking in tongues is itself a manifestation of the Spirit, you might find yourself shaking, crying or laughing in the Spirit as you pray. It can be a petty wild time!

3. Spiritual downloads - The act of praying in tongues is an opening of yourself to be possessed by Holy Spirit, so do not be surprised if He sends more to you than just words to speak. You can receive prophecy, words of knowledge or wisdom, you might recall scripture passages or just see things in life more clearly than before. When you are that deeply connected to Holy Spirit, there is no telling what He is going to put in you!

4. Comfort - Do not be legalistic or religious about how you speak in tongues. Do whatever comes most naturally and comfortable to you as a person. It might seem more spiritual or humble to lay flat on your belly with your nose to the floor, but if you are uncomfortable you will be distracted from Holy Spirit. Just remember that He is not impressed by religious stuff.

5. You can do it anywhere - I speak in tongues at home, at work, at church, in the car, shopping, in the shower... everywhere! Once you have experienced this gift, it is hard to turn it off. But remember that the point of the gifts is edification (1 Cor 12.7), so please do not speak tongues out loud if there are people around who will hear and be offended or weirded-out. The last thing you want is to drive people away from Jesus because of your practicing a spiritual gift in an inappropriate way. I have found that it is easy to pray in tongues under my breath or even silently while around the "uninformed or unbelievers" (1 Cor 14.23). My only tell is if I get too into it and start laughing or shaking! That's a little awkward...

6. There are no rules - Let yourself be swept up by Holy Spirit! There are no rules when it comes to communion with God. There is no right or wrong way to do it when He is calling the shots. Just let Him lead and you enjoy the ride!

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14 comments:

Michael Daniello said...

You said not to do it out loud infront of people but then you said there are no rules. I am very interested in doing this ive been advised to do it but was never told how to i will give it a try.

Michael Daniello said...

You said not to do it out loud infront of people but then you said there are no rules. I am very interested in doing this ive been advised to do it but was never told how to i will give it a try.

Shyquan Mack said...

I really thank you for taking the time to write this. I have been saved since may of this year and i had been trying to find a suitable approach to recievong this goft and ypu made it so muh easier. God bless you.

A.JamesII said...

You are amazing for sharing this!! God bless you!

John leroy said...

@Michael Daniello He said not to do it out loud if it would make you self conscious.

Josh Ivins said...
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Josh Ivins said...

This is also a very thorough teaching on how to speak in tongues http://youtu.be/THa58YZgbOI

mike rjo said...

Michael Danielle. If you are praying In tongues for personal edification you should do it quietly to yourself and god. If you are speaking in tongues in an assembly it is a manifesting of the holy Spirit capital S. There needs to be interpretation for this which is equal to prophecy. An example of this would be a man spoke in tongues I had a vision of a little black going into a piggy bank. The holy spirit gave me the interpretation the heart of the wicked is of little worth. One thing to note when explaining this is the natural man receive not the things of the spirit of god neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned. A lot of pastors and I use that term loosely have no knowledge of spiritual things they operate in the natural man only. That is why there is no gifts of the spirit active in the assembly. The prayer language is your spirit praying small s .I hope this will help someone I know what I am speaking of all this is true

mike rjo said...

In my last comment I meant if you are in an assembly of people you should quietly to god .if your by yourself by all means pray in the spirit sing in the spirit. You don't want to stumble unbelievers or those who are ignorant of spiritual gifts. I don't mean ignorant in a bad way that is what the bible says concerning spiritual gifts I would not have you to be ignorant. It just means you are unlearned. A lot of religious leaders are ignorant of spiritual gifts going to seminary does not make you a pastor. And if they are telling you tongues is of the devil they are not being led by the spirit of god. I don't care how religious they are the pharisees were religious. Don't let them rob you of this gift. If you ask god for bread he will not give you a scorpion. You can trust your father in heaven

patrick said...

Thank you for the article and I believe this time I will make it.May God bless you.

sachin lobo said...

thanks

sachin lobo said...

how much time i can spend?
when i pray cant get concentration

Flo said...

Thank you very much. I am a babe in Christ still and have lots to learn. I have been told that all God's children are entitled to the gift of tongues. I started thinking that there's something wrong with me as I was trying to focus on getting it right but was unsuccessful. Your teaching makes me understand it so much better now. Thank You and God Bless You.

doreen mutesi said...

thanks Ryan. this has really been helpful. God bless you

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