The Grace Gift of Tongues

Apr. 6, 2020 | By Creflo Dollar


The ability to speak in tongues is a gift from God, but many people are not using this gift as they should. This is because they are either afraid of it, or do not understand it. During times when we need to talk to God about something weighing on our hearts and minds but we do not have the words, the Holy Spirit intercedes and prays for us. This allows us to utter the perfect prayer without having to rely on our limited intellectual knowledge. When we pray, it is important to pray for everyone, not just the individuals we know or those who attend church. We can easily forget about the lost souls who do not know God and the people who have backslidden; praying in the Holy Spirit allows us to pray about things we do not even know about. As believers, speaking in tongues gives us a supernatural advantage the world does not have.

  1. We bypass our own understanding and speak directly to God when we pray in tongues.
    1. For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding]…For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive [it bears no fruit and helps nobody] (1 Corinthians 14:2, 14, AMPC).
      1. Prayer is communicating with God and agreeing with what He has already said. Speaking in tongues allows us to speak directly to Him, without human understanding getting in the way.
      2. Nothing happens on earth without someone praying about it.
      3. Prayer opens the door for the flow of what grace has already made available.
      4. Because of what has already been made available to us, we can respond to it in faith
    2. Speaking in tongues defies our own intellectual knowledge, but not the Holy Spirit understands.
      1. The Spirit knows exactly what we are saying, even when we do not.
  1. Praying in the Spirit builds us up and connects us to the power already available to us.
      1. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8).
        1. The Holy Spirit empowers us; power is the ability to get results.
      2. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:1-4).
        1. When the Holy Spirit came down, He filled the disciples with power.
      3. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 1:20).
        1. Praying in tongues edifies and strengthens us; praying in tongues is praying in the Holy Spirit.
      4. 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).
        1. The Spirit helps our weaknesses in the flesh, especially when we do not know what to pray for.
      5. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Ephesians 6:18).
        1. We should regularly pray in the Spirit, and persevere in our prayers.
        2. We can pray not only for ourselves, but for others.

    For more on how praying in tongues empowers us and opens us up to the supernatural, click on the link below for the DVD, Deeper Dimensions to Praying in the Spirit.

    Scripture References

    1 Corinthias 14:2, 14, AMPC

    Acts 1:8

    Acts 2:1-4

    Jude 1:20

    Romans 8:26

    Ephesians 6:18

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