There are two types speaking and praying. It is in speaking that one is interpreted. An interesting post was made on another forum, a woman is posting from her mothers journal, who has passed…
Norwood was in the hospital again to have an artificial hip replacement put in. For some reason, his hip joint was deteriorating.
I went to a prayer meeting with my Catholic friends again; and, a man was standing to the side as I prayed for several people. He seemed to be watching and listening closely to what I was doing. After I had prayed for all the people who had asked, this man came to me and also requested prayer.
After I finished praying for him, he told me he was a language professor and what I had been doing was almost impossible. I asked him what he meant. He replied, “You’ve been praying for all those people in a mixture of the Romance languages; French, Italian, and Portuguese. Every prayer has been in all three languages. I could hardly keep up with you, even though I speak all of them.” He asked me if I would make a tape for him because he wanted to interpret it. I never did make a tape for him; although, I thought much about what he said.
While I was talking about this to a friend, she suggested I call the library. She had heard that the library there are people who speak foreign languages; and, if God, in His mercy, let the person understand, then I would know for sure.
I called the public library and told them what I wanted, and they connected me with a gentleman. After listening to me, he said, “Oh, you speak Romance languages.” He said that I was speaking French, Italian, and Portuguese, but I was speaking them as though they were one language; I was mixing the three together. He said, with amazement, that this was almost impossible to do. Once again I was told the same thing.
I have heard it said that people who are filled with the Holy Ghost are not speaking a real language. Well, I know better, for sure. The Spirit of God speaks through people today, even as in olden times. We read about praying in the Holy Ghost in Jude 1:20. His Word tells us that the Spirit knows what to pray for more than we do. We know also that the Spirit speaks English, as well as all other languages.
Jude 1:20 (The Message)
**20-21But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life! **