There are two kinds of ‘tongues’ in the Charismatic Renewal…prayer tongues…and prophetic tongues. Prayer tongues is used when you wish to pray to God for a particular intention…“praising”…“petitioning”…“thanking”…etc. Prophetic tongues is used when a prophesy is received – and there must always be an interpretation for prophetic tongues! (otherwise you must consider it ‘not from God’).
The gift of tongues can be used as a very powerful tool with which to pray over someone for healing … or to find out the true nature and root of a person’s problem. For example, a person complains of an aching elbow, but the doctors cannot find a reason for it. You and your prayer team pray over that person and, while using the gift of tongues, Our Lord shows you the true cause of his/her elbow problems – which is really a spiritual problem, manifesting itself in a physical way.
The gift of tongues is a very mis-understood gift. Often, when people are undergoing the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” at a Life in the Spirit Seminar (LSS), the seminar MCs will tell you to pray for the gift of tongues. They do this because they know that it is a common gift to the newly-Baptized…and it ‘shows them that something has happened’. A person of true faith does not need to be ‘shown’, but instead, accepts God’s love without proof.
Unfortunately, those advocating the reception of the gift of tongues often do not understand what this gift is capable of…how truly powerful and useful a gift it is.
What happens in the gift of tongues is this: Your spirit…is talking directly to the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit)…and the Spirit of God is talking directly to your spirit. YOU are not involved. There is no “I” in the gift of tongues.
Here’s an example: In English I would praise God by saying “I love you, Lord! I adore you Lord! You are my Lord and Savior! You are my all!” Nice, huh?
Now, here’s how it sounds when you’re praising God with the gift of tongues: “Lord, may You be loved! Lord, may You be adored! You are the Lord and Savior of the world!”…see the difference? No “I”. No ego.
That’s why the gift of tongues is such a beautiful means of communication between you and God. And it’s power is as limitless as God chooses it to be in each circumstance.
So, don’t ever let people tell you “Pray for the gift of tongues!”. Instead, just pray that Jesus comes into your soul and takes up residence there. Why? Because, when you have Jesus…you have EVERYTHING!