When 1 Corinthians, chapters 12 and 14 use the terms, speaking and tongues, there are two separate distinct Holy Spirit gifts. There is the gift of praying to God. We think of an arrow pointing up. There is no need for other people to interpret the prayer sounds because God is the Person receiving the prayer. The second gift is speaking God’s message to the assembly. Here the arrow points down from God to the people. When the message from God to His people is in Tongues, then it is necessary to have someone with the gift of interpretation.
How does one know, otherwise, if a demon is not causing it, and the words said are quite sinister. Exorcists talk of people babbling gibberish.
An exorcist comes when there is sufficient evidence that an individual is in demonic possession. During an exorcism, this demon can cry out in a variety of sounds or languages.
When people are praying to God appropriately in either Tongues or the vernacular, it is hard to imagine that a demon would be working there. Let’s say that some odd actions did take place. It is the responsibility of the observer to share this with the Pastor. He is the one who is ultimately responsible for proper conduct. He needs to know what is happening. Often something odd happens, but it is harmless. In this case, the Pastor can share information with you.
Today’s problem with understanding demonic possession is that it is easy to misunderstand the action of praying in Tongues aka babbling gibberish. My sincere advice, when something really weird happens, is to speak to the Pastor. Speaking in the sense of seeking information. Often, what is seen as weird is part of acceptable protocol. It is the Pastor who needs to determine the difference between acceptable and non-acceptable. He can contact the diocese for advice. In some rare cases of non-acceptable actions, a person may have to seek advice from the appropriate people in the diocesan office. Concerns about demonic possession should be discussed with the Pastor or someone in the diocesan office.
Any non-reverend act toward the Holy Eucharist is automatically not acceptable.
In my opinion, it is helpful to learn about praying in Tongues. This does not mean one has to choose this form of prayer. When I was in a charismatic prayer group in our parish, we would praise God by praying out loud in Tongues. There was one lady who never prayed in Tongues. She would pray in English. When I was standing near her, I did not pray in Tongues. I stood by her side and praised God in English.
Another Corinthian passage says if I am speaking the language of men and of angels , but have no love, I am only ringing a gong.
This is the marvelous chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians. All of us, regardless of how we pray, need to read/pray this chapter over and over.
On healing, Australia’s St Mary of the Cross MacKillop was beong prayed to for help in healing a cancer patient. The patient held on and on, no improvement. Then one day, those praying added
If it is God’s will.
The patient then passed over.
Healing prayers, or any prayers - if it is God’s will. ’ Thy will be done’
We need to try to do God’s will. Occasionally, we will succeed.