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Speaking in tongues - How to develop this powerful supernatural gift of the Spirit

Updated on August 25, 2009

Tongues is a supernatural Language given to believers to develop strength in their spiritual lives

Speaking in Tongues is so powerful, but only when it is put to work! This lens is an an encouragement to Christian believers to exercise the gift of tongues and put to work this wonderful gift to build their spiritual life.

Build yourselves up praying in the Spirit

A tremendously inspiring scripture appears in Jude 20-21.

Look it up in your own Bible and read along. I’m reading the New King James version;

Jude 20-21

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

The Bible says that praying in the Holy Ghost does two things here.

1. Builds us up in our faith.

2. Keeps us in the love of God.

Isn’t that great! You can choose to exercise the ability to pray in unknown tongues and do both of those things.

Your Spiritual LIfe is like a great house in construction

Paul says something similar in 1 Corinthians chapter fourteen (a veritable gold mine of nuggets concerning tongues, interpretation and the prophetic utterance). In verse 4 Paul says:

"He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church."

Building ourselves up is essential to our growth as Christians.

The Greek word for 'edify' includes all the following ideas;

1) to build a house, erect a building

1a) to build (up from the foundation)

1b) to restore by building, to rebuild, repair

1c) construct, confirm, embolden

1d) a dwelling, family, home, temple

2) metaphorically:

2a) to found, establish

2b) to promote growth in Christian wisdom, affection, grace,

virtue, holiness, blessedness

2c) to grow in wisdom and piety

The Profit of Praying in tongues

The profitability of praying in other tongues is clear.

Are you a young Christian building up from the very foundations? Pray in tongues.

Do you need restoration in your life, family, emotions, city and nation? Pray in tongues.

Do you need to be confirmed and established in God's will and plan for your life? Emboldened to share your faith? Pray in tongues.

Are you desperate to become a holy dwelling for God? A profitable member of the family of faith? Grow in grace, holiness, and other virtues? Do you need wisdom? Crave understanding? Pray in tongues!

Maybe none of these things relate to you. But I bet you know someone that they do relate to. Pray for them. Pray for them in tongues.

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    • darrylcrawford profile image


      24 months ago from Philadelphia PA to Tucson AZ.

      Please check out this video which quickly explains 101 reasons why we should pray in tongues:

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      chiagozie michael 

      3 years ago



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