If you read this post from last week, you know that I’m trying to answer questions that we didn’t have time for in our recent LIVE Q & A that closed the “God Breathed” series. Here are several questions that were submitted about ‘how’ to receive a prayer language:
- Why is it so difficult for me to receive my gift of speaking in tongues? I know that I’ve been baptized in the Holy Spirit. I’ve been praying and asking for the gift of my prayer language for MONTHS… Nothing yet. Am I doing something wrong? I sincerely desire to enhance my relationship with God. I have never spoken in tongues before. Is there something missing in my spiritual life? What if you’ve prayed multiple times for your prayer language and you’ve yet to receive it, what does that mean?
First, it’s impossible for me or anyone else to know why someone has not received their prayer language. It is a gift that God wants you to have. I will give you some possibilities, not that I’m accusing you, but for your consideration:
(a) have you truly trusted Jesus to be your Savior & made Him your Lord? The baptism of the Holy Spirit is only promised to those who have received Jesus: Acts 2:37-38; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:1-6. (b) Have you refused to forgive anyone? (Unforgiveness creates a blockage in your heart to receive anything from God) – Matthew 18:21-35. (c) Do you have persistent, unrepented sin in your life? – 2Corinthians 6:14-18.
If you’ve met all of those requirements, then I would say it’s either a matter of hunger (Matt. 5:6) or faith (Gal. 3:2) or your cooperation with the promptings of the Holy Spirit. HE promised to give you this gift, but YOU must do the speaking – so give a voice to the new language that the Spirit provides you.
- I have been a born again believer for 16 years but I still do not speak in tongues. I have asked God for the release to speak in tongues and have had others pray for the release but I am still waiting. However, I feel excluded when CLCs congregation is asked to use their prayer language. I will continue to pray and wait, but is there anything else I should be doing while I am waiting?
I would urge you NOT to passively wait – Matt. 7:7-8. I honestly believe that if you truly want to receive your prayer language, you should take every opportunity to pray for that experience – come forward at every service if necessary.
However, I also want to address your feeling of exclusion. I have wracked my brain trying to recall when we have ever asked CLC’ers to use their prayer language in a public Sunday service, and I can’t recall that we ever have. We have on a very few occasions where there were no unbelievers present for a midweek gathering or a prayer meeting encouraged everyone who has a prayer language to use it, but because of 1Cor. 14:18-25, I would never want to encourage everyone to pray in the spirit with unbelievers present.
If that last paragraph is not clear, let me quickly say I do not see a Biblical problem with anyone speaking in tongues during congregational prayer or worship so long as they are not drawing attention to themselves or disturbing others. My understanding is that the cautions of 1Cor. 14 apply to times in a public gathering where someone would ‘speak out’ in tongues – NOT if someone spoke in tongues while everyone was singing or worshipping.
- At my old church someone said that I didn’t have the Holy Spirit because I didn’t speak in tongues. They all spoke in tongues but no one ever translated & when I asked why they never translate they ignored me.
It sounds like your former church was out of order, according to 1Cor. 14:27-28. And if they didn’t make a distinction between the Holy Spirit indwelling every born-again believer and the baptism of the Holy Spirit as a subsequent gift, then it sounds like they don’t understand the Biblical teaching of 1Cor. 12:13.
- How do I speak in tongues?
First, don’t make that your objective (or obsession). The Holy Spirit will give you the ability (Acts 2:4), but notice it was “everyone present” who did the speaking. In other words, the Holy Spirit will give you the new words to say, but YOU must cooperate by giving voice to that language!
If you still have questions, perhaps my BEST advice is to simply encourage you to pray & say, “Lord, IF you have more for me, I want it – I want everything you promised me.” From what I’ve observed over the years, God loves to answer that prayer!
Hope this helps. Now, what would YOU like to Ask the Pastor?