Supernatural Biblical Prayer 8

How & When to Pray in Supernatural Tongues

by Pastor John Hamel


We have studied how and when to pray the Prayer of Faith, the Prayer of Commitment, the Prayer of Submission, the Prayer of Agreement, the Prayer of Unity, the Prayer of Praise & Worship and the Prayer of Intercession.  


In this final lesson of our eight part series on Supernatural Biblical Prayer, we will study how and when to pray in supernatural Tongues.


I would like to start this lesson by asking the following questions of you.  “Is salvation important?”  “Is water baptism important?”  “Is paying tithes important?”  “Is prayer important?”  


Of course, the answer to all of these questions is “Yes.” 


Now I would like to ask another question of you.  “Is there anywhere in the Bible where an entire chapter is devoted exclusively to any one of the above mentioned Bible Doctrines?”  The answer to this question is “No.”


As important as each of these Doctrines is, not one of them has an entire chapter devoted exclusively to it.  However, there is an entire chapter devoted exclusively to the subject of praying in other Tongues.  That is the fourteenth chapter of First Corinthians.  This speaks to me very strongly.  This is why I always tell people who criticize praying in other Tongues, “If you’re down on Tongues, it is just because you’re not up on the Bible.  I believe I can help you with that.”


Let’s look at some primary reasons when and why every Believer should pray in supernatural Tongues.


Tongues Is Praying According to God's Perfect Will


“And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:27)


Plain and simple, when the Holy Spirit moves on you to pray in other Tongues, that prayer is always according to the perfect will of God.  I always tell people, “When the Holy Spirit’s doing the praying, it’s just not possible for those prayers to go unanswered.”  Submitting to the Holy Spirit in prayer is submitting to the perfect will of God in prayer.


“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)


The Apostle Paul started this sentence with the word “and.”  The word “and” is a conjunction.  It is a connecting word, letting the reader know that the subject is not being changed.  Paul was letting us know that he is still talking about praying in other Tongues.  This means that he is telling us that “all things work together for good” for those who yield themselves to praying in other Tongues.


It is my belief that the Believer who resists the subject and the practice of praying in other Tongues can never see the perfect will of God for their lives.  This is why Paul prayed in Tongues so much.


“I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:” (1Corinthians 14:18)


The Apostle Paul received revelation directly from the Lord Jesus, which resulted in his authoring approximately two-thirds of the New Testament.  


If praying in Tongues was so important to him, it should be equally as important to all of God’s children.  Praying in Tongues keeps our spirits sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit just as it did with Paul.  He does have a voice of His own, you know.


Tongues Keeps the Believer Built Up & Encouraged


“He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself ...” (1Corinthians 14:4)


The word that Paul used for “edifieth” actually means, “to build oneself up, to cause encouragement to come.”


Speaking experientially, when despair, depression, discouragement and even death confronts us, praying in other Tongues is a great means of staying built up and encouraged in spite of it all.  Praying in other Tongues is similar to putting a battery on a charger to keep it strong and functional.  Praying in Tongues keeps our spiritual batteries strong and functional.


“For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.  To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.” (Isaiah 28:11,12)


Here the Prophet Isaiah looked into the future and spoke of a day when the Holy Spirit would indwell Believers, enabling them to speak in a supernatural prayer language.  He is referring to praying in other Tongues.  Notice, Isaiah said that it would bring rest to the weary.  Notice, he also said that some “…would not hear.”  


Unfortunately, some Believers today do not believe in this precious, edifying and refreshing experience.


“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,” (Jude 1:20)


The subject of the entire Book of Jude is the importance of maintaining a firm grip on the faith.  One of the most important keys to help the Believer to have confidence in what they know is praying in other Tongues.  Jude said, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that praying in Tongues would keep us built up in what we are constantly learning from God’s Word. 

Faith does not come by praying in Tongues.  Faith comes only by hearing the Word of God over and over. (Romans 10:17)  However, once faith is developed, praying in Tongues helps the Believer to maintain a firm grip on the faith they have developed.  If it were not true, Jude would not have said it.

“Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.” (Proverbs 20:5)


The Holy Spirit is the very wisdom of God. (Proverbs 8:1-36)  He lives in His fullness deep down on the inside of every Spirit-filled Believer. (Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 1Corinthians 6:19)  There are times when the Believer does not know what to do in a certain situation.  During those times, praying in other Tongues will cause the wisdom needed to come up from within.


Praying in other Tongues is like pumping a pump.  The more you do it, the more wisdom flows up from deep down inside.  This is what the Bible refers to when it says, “…a man of understanding will draw it [wisdom] out.”  When that wisdom finally comes up as a result of praying in other Tongues, there is nothing more edifying, encouraging or refreshing.


Tongues Offers Perfect Praise to God


"For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God …” (1Corinthians 14:2)

This verse literally says, “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue… speaketh unto God beautifully, fully and honestly.” 

One could use every adjective available, literally exhausting the dictionary, in their effort to praise God perfectly in their native language.  However, they will never be satisfied and neither will God until they learn how to praise Him beautifully, fully and honestly in supernatural Tongues.

“…when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?  For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.” (1Corinthians 14:16,17)

A brief explanation is in order here.  Paul is saying that when someone is asked to give thanks for a meal, they should not do so in other Tongues.  The reason being, no one at the table can understand that prayer but God.  Therefore, praying over a meal should always be done in a known language so that everyone can agree with what they have heard. 

But notice something else that Paul said here.  He said, “For thou verily givest thanks well...”  Let’s focus on the “…givest thanks well” part for a moment. 

When Paul said that praying in Tongues “givest thanks well” he used a word that has a root meaning of “properly, beautiful, good, valuable and virtuous.”  So actually what he said was, “Praying in Tongues gives thanks unto God properly, beautifully and in a good, valuable and virtuous manner.”  He had already stated that praying in Tongues gives praise to God “fully and honestly” earlier in verse two of this same chapter. 

By putting the two words that Paul used together, we see clearly that there is just no better way to give proper thanks to God than to do so in other Tongues.  Giving thanks to God in other Tongues is proper, beautiful, good, valuable, virtuous, full and honest.  This is why God appreciates it so.  This is why all Believers should appreciate the Gift of Other Tongues, even as God does.  Why would anyone want to rob God of something that He yearns to receive?

Praying in supernatural Tongues is the only way the Believer can pray according to the perfect will of God every time without fail.  

Praying in supernatural Tongues keeps the Believer built up and encouraged in their faith walk no matter what they are facing.  

Praying in supernatural Tongues is the only way to give perfect, absolutely perfect, praise to Almighty God for His goodness.

If you have not yet received the Baptism with the Holy Spirit as evidenced by speaking in supernatural Tongues, you can do so today.  Just click and connect.  With the Holy Spirit, that is!

Be Blessed ...  John and Barbara Hamel



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