May I ask how “speaking in tongues” is beneficial for one’s spiritual life?
I know that in my experience God has definitely talked to me via the so called “Invisible Voice,” where - in a very mysterious way that I cannot explain - not using words, but simply “vibrating my soul” God will tell me something or work through other people to tell me something.
My biggest thing with tongues is that it is an end that is sought after - people only want to seek after God not for the experience of God, but because you can “learn” how to speak a mysterious language. If these are your priorities, you are a roasting stick open for the devil’s delusion.
Here’s the thing - if you ONLY pray to God just so you can expect an apparition of the Virgin Mary, the Devil will eventually appear to you as the Virgin Mary. That’s just how it works, and I wonder for people who strive so much for the experience of tongues, if they are victim to the demonic powers at hand.
Sit in front of some Sacred Art, empty your mind completely, light a candle, and just talk to God, asking Him for mercy. Don’t make it a “skill” that you have to learn - yes, prayer is a task, but it shouldn’t be for the manifestation of some external stimuli, but for the Experience of God.