This is what the prayer in tongues is and how you receive it from God.
If you attend a church and read the Bible, you know about this special ability people get from God. If you wish to boost your prayer life and make it more effective, learn how to pray in tongues.
What is the prayer in tongues?
First mentioning of tongues we find in the Old Testament. The prophet said that the Lord would speak in other tongues to His people. We find many cases in the New Testament, where people received this gift from God.
“And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” (Acts of the Apostles 19:6)
So what is the essence of prayer in tongues? First of all it is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
“To another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues…” (1 Corinthians 12:10)
Jesus promised us that the Holy Ghost would come and teach us all things. One of them is this special kind of prayer. When a believer gets filled with the Spirit of God, they may start praying and using words they have never pronounced before. In some cases they speak some real tongue (foreign one); in other cases they just use sounds and syllables different from those used in their mother tongue.
We find the description of this type of prayer here:
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26)
When should we use the prayer in tongues?
Well, for one it helps us to pray, when we do not know what to ask for or what to do. There are situations in life, when you have no idea of how they should be solved. The prayer in tongues is tightly connected with prophesying.
Here is a great example. One lady felt a strong urge to pray in tongues. She had no clue what was going on or why the prayer was needed. She prayed intensely for 15 minutes. Then her mother ran into the house. She was coming back home from work. It was dark outdoors. Some man jumped at her and tried to attack her with a knife. Then he suddenly pulled back with and screamed. She returned home safely.
Her daughter was praying in tongues when it happened. The Holy Spirit led her in prayer to protect her mother even when she did not know about the danger.
How to get the gift of tongues?
There are few conditions to receive it. First of all you should be the born again Christian. This means you come to Jesus and accept His sacrifice for your sins. You confess your sins before God and ask for forgiveness and cleansing by the blood of Jesus.
You believe and trust the Lord with all your heart and let Him change you. As the results, your life transforms and you get away from the past sinful ways.
Secondly, you should be filled with the Holy Spirit. God desires you to give that. Holy Spirit wants to come and not just live in your heart, but to fill you and guide you. How do you do that? First of all, you just ask. Jesus said: “Ask and it shell be given unto you!”
Secondly, you receive the gift by faith (as everything else you get from God). Faith is the only way to do it. You believe in His Word, where He promised you the gift. Then you open up your mouth and start praying in tongues. You may ask other Christians or ministers to lay hands on you and pray for and with you. That’s it.
May God bless you and give you all you need for the good life He has prepared for you!
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