Praying in tongues is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:7-11). It is a gift from God, enabling us in our prayer lives. When we pray in tongues, we speak mysteries to God and build up our spirits. Sounds really good to me! Why wouldn't I want to do this?
I received an email today which included the following questions: What are we to think about the Corona Virus, the nation's/world's response to it? The collapse of our economy, the sequestering of peoples. Are we in the tribulation, last days? How does this fit into prophecy? How do I manage the fear I have for the safety of my children, grandchildren, and for our jobs and abilities to buy food and survive? I feel ill equipped to navigate these waters.
I asked, received, doubted, quit and started again – by Mary Baldner
After I learned about the opportunity to speak in tongues, I did. However, it sounded like such gibberish I felt I was making it up so I quit. So after that, I prayed for a long time to receive this gift. Then I started again and guess what, the tongues sounded the same as before. Now I just go with it and even have received interpretations some times.
Multiple fillings with the Holy Spirit brought me alive
I had been a Christian for about six years and was feeling that my heart towards Jesus had grown cold, my prayer life was practically non-existent, my walk with the Lord was superficial, and I kept thinking that there must be more than this. I kept sending up prayers to God asking Him to fill me with the Holy Spirit. At the same time I was scared as I didn't know what would happen. The Toronto blessing happened and God poured out His Spirit on certain places in England where I live. I met in my home with a youth worker. She prayed for me and the Holy Spirit filled me.
Simple for me and hard for Mom - by Michelle Simons
I became a Christian in the 80’s when people in our area (Ottawa, Ontario) were just beginning to talk more seriously about the Holy Spirit. My mother (who had a Catholic background) and I, age 16, were attending a small Anglican church. One of the landmark books that everyone was reading was Holy Spirt and You by Dennis and Rita Bennett.
Margaret Cornell - A blanket came over me – it was the Holy Spirit
I had been seeking God for a number of months and one night Jesus appeared to me in my bedroom. Recognizing that He was truly the son of God I fell at his feet and surrendered my life to him.The next day I knew something radical had happened in my life; I felt full of love and joy and peace. I didn't know it but I had been born again.
Interpreting tongues and prophesying came first, and tongues later - Kim Ulmer
At the time I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit I was in terrible place. I had broken up with my girlfriend and the turmoil hit an all-time high. I was consumed with grief, so I took that grief to God in prayer.