3 Ways Speaking in Tongues Can Help You During COVID-19

That may be one of the strangest titles you have ever read for a blog post. But that’s because speaking in tongues, which the Bible highly recommends, does not invite your natural mind to the party. That is why there is so much controversy, aversion to, and even dissent from this very important spiritual gift. If we do not understand it, we reject it.

But what does the Bible say?

“For if I pray in a different language (tongues), my spirit is praying, but my mind does nothing.” 1 Corinthians 14:14 NCV
And the mind does not like that!

So, you might say, then why in the world would I speak in tongues? You see, that is your natural mind trying to discern something spiritual. It does not work that way. Did you notice what part of you is praying in that verse? Your spirit, not your mind.

You might say then, “What is the benefit of that?” Here are 3 ways speaking in tongues can help you:

1. It builds your faith.

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.” Jude 20

The phrase, “Praying in the spirit” is the phrase Paul used for praying in tongues. Here it says that it builds up your faith, and faith is the power that moves mountains in your life!

Just this morning I woke up and was feeling overwhelmed. I had woken up in the middle of the night extremely anxious. I was able to get back to sleep but it was there when I woke up. Have you ever experienced that? I am sure you have. So, what did I do? When I finally got up (after laying there for an hour) I could not focus my mind on any one issue because there were too many coming at me at once. I knew when I got up that the answer to my condition was to pray in tongues because I needed FAITH! So, that is what I did. I just prayed in tongues until the fear, doubt, unbelief, and confusion began to dissipate and faith and clarity arose.

I have been doing this for over three decades now so it is not strange to me anymore, it is an indispensable spiritual gift that I would never want to live without.

2. It charges you up like a battery.

That is literally what this verse means:

“He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself…” 1 Corinthians 14:4a

To “edify” means to “charge up”. To this day I am still amazed at the divine energy that is released inside of me to courageously face each day by simply praying in tongues. The key is to pray until it happens. (Like kickstarting a motorcycle – before the electronic ignition was invented – you kick until it roars!)

3. It enables you to pray effectively when you do not know what to pray for.

That was me this morning. I did not even know where to start. So, I started by “praying in the spirit”.

Look at Romans 8:26 Amp
“In the same way the Spirit [comes to us and] helps us in our weakness. We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Spirit Himself [knows our need and at the right time] intercedes on our behalf with sighs and groanings too deep for words.”

Now there is some debate on whether we should call this “praying in tongues” or not, especially since it says what is happening is “too deep for words”. But what I do know is that whatever it is, it is supernatural, and it is powerful. Many times, when I am praying in tongues, what comes out of me is not so much words, but groans.
I know, it is strange, and interesting, and even weird (to our natural minds), but if it were not crucially important God would not have included it as part of our spiritual package this side of heaven.

What I find is that, if I allow the Holy Spirit to pray through me when I am at my wit’s end, after a few minutes, or however long it takes, I feel the burden, weight, anxiety, or whatever negativity I am feeling, lift.

And it is not always for me. Many times, it is praying something off someone else, but that is a different story for another day.

I hope this has helped you. And if you do not pray in tongues, ask God for it. And if you already have asked and nothing has happened, keep asking until it happens. Jesus has given you this promise:

“So I say to you, ask and keep on asking, and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking, and you will find; knock and keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you… If you, then, being evil [that is, sinful by nature], know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!” Luke 11:9, 13 Amp

(Note: I am not saying you do not have the Holy Spirit if you do not speak in tongues. I wholly reject that false teaching. But 1 Corinthians 14 tells us to, “pursue ardently” spiritual gifts. That is what I am talking about).

Heaven on Earth,
John