TOPIC: HOLY SPIRIT
QUESTION: WHY SHOULD WE SPEAK IN TONGUES?
STUDY REFERENCE: 1 Corinthians 14:2, Mark 16:17, 1 Corinthians 14:39
1 Corinthians 14:2 says; "For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit". This means that the person who speaks in tongues speaks directly to God. The bible says that this person speaks mysteries because no one can understand him except God.
It is very important to pray for the gift of speaking in tongues because when we speak or pray in tongues our spirit prays but our mind is unfruitful(1 Corinthians 14:14). Take for example there is an unforeseen situation ahead, your spirit prays but your mind will not understand what is going on or the danger ahead. Romans 8:26 says; "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans".
Bible says that anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. Therefore speaking in tongues edifies us and keeps us attuned to the spiritual level we attain. When you feel like things are not going your way, just start speaking in tongues and you will feel the atmosphere charged and things will start falling into place in the spirit.
It is very important that every Christian speaks in tongues, it is one of the evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Christ Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit before he left to be with the father in Acts 1:4-8; "And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Acts 2:1-4 says; "When the Day of Pentecost had 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 the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
This is one of the evidence they had to prove that God was with them.