A Unique Visit By The Holy Spirit...Praying IN Tongues...

Speaking In Tongues…

Nothing is more controversial, even to some Christians and none Christians alike, than those of us who believe or who in fact ‘speak-in-tongues.’ I have been formally a Christian since 1997 when I got Baptized and accepted the Lord as Savior, but although many in my church and my very own beloved mother have spoken in tongues, I was never given that gift by the Lord. I must confess that I had benign envy for those who speak or have spoken in tongues; even my brother, who recently came to the Lord, and who was a thug almost all his life, when in the Spirit, speaks in tongues. It was in the Biblical Book of Acts, during Pentecost, when the risen Christ told the Disciples that, although He was on His way back to the Father in Heaven, He was going to send the Comforter, which was the Holy Spirit. And came the Holy Spirit did, and, as we have read in Acts, the Disciples and the rest who were waiting in the Upper-Room spoke in languages that were not their respective native tongues… causing many of the Jewish bystanders to think that they were all drunk. The Apostle Peter defended himself and the rest who spoke in tongues by telling the detractors that it was early in the morn and that they had not partaken in any drinking and Peter also went on to explain the reason for the opining in strange tongues as a gift from the Holy Spirit that was given to them by the Lord Jesus.

Something extraordinary happened to me last Friday, 11th, 2012 at around 9:33 P.M. at Calvary Cathedral of Praise in Brooklyn, New York... when, for the first time, I spoke in tongues. I normally go to prayer meeting on Fridays after work, but unlike other Fridays, I did not want to do so last Friday. You see I am an avid fan of a show call Nikita and because it was the season finale, I wanted to skip prayer meeting to watch the show… but, on the last moment, I decided I was going to go to prayer meeting. Prayer meeting at my church normally has a good crowd, but last Friday only a dozen or so people were there. There had been a visiting preacher from our sister church in Accra, Ghana, who presided over the prayer meeting and, as soon after the prays and worship… he went up and read from the Book of Acts that told about ‘speaking in tongues.’ There I was reading my miniature New Testament Bible that I normally read on my way to and fro on the train, ignorant of what was about to happen. We were then told by the man of God to come up to the altar and then the African Preacher said to give some formal shout-outs to the Christ (Hallelujahs) and then to pray… but to pray in the Spirit.

I wanted to leave the prayer meeting because as I have said earlier… the gift of speaking in tongues was never given to me before and I thought like before, it would elude me again that night too. But 'o yee of little faith,' when the preacher told us not to think about what to pray for, I opened my mouth to pray and lo and behold, I spoke in a language I had never heard before and no matter how I tried to pray, the language persists, along with the Monsoon of tears coming from my involuntary tear ducts. After Prayer meeting, I went up the African preacher and told him how long I had been formally serving the Lord and that it was the first time I had spoken in tongues; he was humble and at ease like the typical men of Jesus’ faith. I gave the preacher some personal prayer requests and then I came home and shared what had happened with my family… feeling ‘special.’

I am one of those who cannot come before the Christ and say that I did not know that He existed… because many a times in my life so far He has manifested Himself and cemented my faith in Him over and over again. As one of the Gospel song writers puts it: “It is the same Spirit that raise Christ from the dead… dwell in you… It will quicken the mortal body.” Friday, May 11th, 2012, around 9:33 p.m. I wrote in my New Testament Bible that I spoke in tongues for the first time - Hallelujah to the Lamb-of-God who is Christ Jesus!


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Verily Prime, it's awesome it happened to you! Bless you!!!

As a Christian myself, I am hoping that I will speak in 'tongues' in due time.


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Judah's Daughter 4 years ago from Roseville, CA

Awesome! Oh, what a feeling! It's truly yeilding and letting God be God IN and through you. Praise God! And watch the POWER in those prayers!! It is MIRACULOUS, if and when the LORD allows you to 'see' what He's prayed (Rom 8:26) and the mountains moved in the spirit realm in a matter of seconds, minutes...AWESOME! HalleluYah!!


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

I give respect to each religion and their way of expressing it. I have never really been a believer in speaking in tongues, though I know it is talked about in the Bible so why not if one feels so inclined.


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Verily Prime: I have many times witnessed others speaking in tongues, as the Holy Spirit give the utterance to do so, but, I personally have never experienced the gift within myself.

I do know though that not everyone is gifted with this gift.

I have been gifted in other areas of my life. I am a choir singer. God has gifted me with a special ability to not just sing the music, but to actually feel the music, feel the passion of the music, feel the joy the happiness, the sorrow, the despair, all of the emotions that are built into the lyrics and the notes. This ability, combined with my giving up myself totally to the Holy Spirit as I sing, allows me to share that passion and the emotions with those listening as I sing.


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einron 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Praise the Lord for He bestows the Holy Spirit on those who sincerely love and obey Him.

In Acts 2:5 it states there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

These are the last days and God will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh. This had been prophesied in the Old Testament. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth.

Hallelujah!


oceansider 4 years ago

Hi Verily Prime,

I like your hub very much, and I'm glad for you that you have been given the gift of tongues by our Lord Jesus. My daughter, (my youngest child) told me at one point that she wondered why she wasn't given this gift when she had asked the Lord for it several times. Well, just like you, I guess about a year ago, she said she was just relaxing and praying, just being in God's presence, and she opened her mouth to pray and a language she had never heard came out of her mouth! So she got the gift of tongues that she had been wanting as well! I have voted your hub up!

God bless you,

Helen


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Verily Prime 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks and believe me I thought it would never happen...


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Verily Prime 4 years ago from New York Author

well said - Mr. Mathews... it was the Apostle Paul who spoke about the various gifts of the Lord and you must remember that God calls Himself 'The Lord of the dance.' My wife too desires to speak in the Holy Spirit but has yet to do so, yet I know that she is stronger in the faith than I am... with her devotion to feed the poor no matter the weather... I do not have the patience like her and I must tell her that is her calling and the Holy Spirit will come if it is the Father's Will.


HJ 4 years ago

I know your spirit is a true holy spirit. However, there are also false spirits in this world that penetrate churches that do not follow the truth. Bible says holy spirit is gentle that manifested in sober tounge speaking. On the other hand, spirits that cause convulsion, unconciousness, extreme laughter, vomitting or violence are not the true holy spirit. Christians Please Beware !!! the devils become the angels of light to deceive. To receive the true spirit is blessed indeed.


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Verily Prime 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks...


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Seek-n-Find 4 years ago from Illinois

What really strikes me about your story is the accompaniment of tears that came with praying in tongues. This happened to me as well. I spent a whole year crying--no--weeping--almost every day when I first started praying in a supernatural prayer language. The gift of intercession is amazing. As I would pray in a prayer language, it seemed to open up the very core of my spirit to allow Holy Spirit to just flow through and His burdens just poured out through me in prayers and tears. Reading your article is prompting me to go spend some time praying right now! Thanks for sharing. :-)


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Verily Prime 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks for your testimony - as I have said I did not expect it to happen, but it did and I am thankful to the Father for the manifestation and I hope is that it tells someone who does not Christ Jesus that everything concerning Him written in the Bible is true.


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Cherry4 4 years ago from New York

Verily Prime

First let me thank you for being humble enough to write this hub because it is a blessing to me as well as many others. I have been baptized since the age of thirteen and growing up in church everyone got filled with the Holy Spirit except me up till now i keep praying for it but nothing. One Sunday an evangelist in a church i used to attend told me that i cannot get a break through because i am not filled with the Holy Spirit and i was crushed by that remark. Every Sunday she had something negative to tell. I went home and spoke to God about it because to me I have a great relationship with God and not speaking in Tongues does not mean that I am not delivered. This is why i am thanking you for this hub because you were honest enough to say for many years you never did until recently and that your not speaking in tongues did not mean you don't know Christ. Many times people look down on you when you say you don't speak in tongues and i am talking from experience but thank God there are others who has a relationship with God and will be filled on God's time no matter what man says or think of them.


Verily Prime 4 years ago

Do not be disheartened that you have not spoken tongues - many has gone off to heaven without that gift. Take heart that there was a thief on the Cross who never was Baptize or spoke in tongues but is now living with the Lord forever. Please pray for me and my family that we all will be doers of the Word... and longevity and sucess in Christ Jesus to you and your family.

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