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The Gift of Tongues

This is actually a very common gift today.  Most people know someone else who "speaks in tongues," but the gift can be difficult to understand if it's unfamiliar.

What is tongues?   Here's the key to desiring the gift:   it is God praying for you.   

We freely start/stop the process, yet God forms the words and content.   This sounds incredible, but it's Biblical and genuine.  I relate my account here:  Receiving Charismatic Gifts (surprise: anyone can ask for it.)

By experience I notice it's more effective to request tongues first before the other supernatural charisms (e.g., Visions) , because it seems to "un-cork" the whole wine bottle.

Why important?

One normal way to receive tongues is to take initiative to vocally thank God.  If you keep silent you probably won't ever receive it.  (If you don't expect much, you probably won't be disappointed!)  Simply love God out loud and wait until the Spirit arrives experientially.

Tongues is the question; prophecy is the answer.
Tongues is speaking on man's behalf to God; while prophecy is speaking on God's behalf to men. Thus, one of the purposes of tongues is to release a prophetic message from the Spirit. See The Voice of God


Those who pray in tongues are sometime accused of being drunk!—with God's joy.  And actually, un-corking wine requires a little extra effort.

I need your whole heart.

Hold back nothing and even more so, do not let anything hinder its release to Me.  There are so many locks on your heart: pride, guilt, doubt, self-righteousness, fear, worry, among others.  Let go and fall back on Me for once.

Trust that as you leap to Me, I will catch you, as I supported Peter on the water.  Nothing of this world supports or encourages leaping.  But My Word calls for it and there is no greater truth on which you can rely.  What are you afraid might happen?  Have I called you to do it?  Then what could go wrong?  My Holy Spirit is with you every step of the way of your life anyhow.  So why not leap as He directs?

More peace awaits following you stepping out than if you stayed in the boat, where you are left to ponder and imagine in your mind only things that fall far short of the glory I have yet to reveal from one step of faith.

We do not know what we ought to pray for,
but the Spirit himself intercedes for us
with groans that words cannot express.
And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit,
because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

Rom 8:26-27