KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 14:2 ” For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries”.
Speaking in tongues is very popular these days, yet many people have a lot of questions and misunderstanding about its use.
I wish to clarify one area of this supernatural operation of this gift.
There’s speaking in tongues as a spiritual gift that the Holy Spirit manifest in the life of an individual as He (the Holy Spirit) wills. This gift or manifestation is not given to all Christians but as many as the Spirit chooses in a particular moment. 1st Corinthians 12:10b “…to another divers kind of tongues”.
There’s also the speaking in tongues that is the Spirit praying through us. It is also called the prayer language. This aspect can be for every Christian as you receive it. 1st Corinthians 14:14 ” For if I pray in an unknown tongue my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful “.Note this, you do not understand what you are saying, yet the bible says the Spirit speaks mysteries. (1st Corinth 14:2)
The first instance, is always a message that God has for his people. Whenever a divers kinds of tongue is given there must necessarily be an interpretation. 1st Corinthians 14:17 “If any man speaks in an unknown tongue, let it be by two or at the most by three and that by course and let one interpret, but if there be no interpreter let him keep silence in the church and let him speak to himself and to God “This message in tongues, is meant for the whole congregation and needs to be interpreted. You would realise that among the nine supernatural gifts in 1st Corinthians 12, there is also the gift of the interpretation of tongues. When one gives a message in tongues he must have the gift of interpretation to interpret it. If not somebody must interpret that message.
This is not so with praying in tongues. You would not need an interpretation for anyone when talking to God in tongues. If you have to be praying in the presence of others for the rest of the people, then it is good to give an interpretation for your audience. As a matter of fact, the operation of praying in tongues to God would not need an interpretation for anybody. This is the reason why in the midst of a number of Christians praying together, no one needs to interpret his or her prayer to the other because they are speaking to God directly and individually
Thank you Heavenly Father for the ability to speak in tongues. I am always edified as I pray in tongues. My prayer life is enriched as i pray in tongues.
1 Corinthians 14:4 “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church”
1 Corinthians 14:16 ” Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?”