Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Corinthians 14:39 (KJV); Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
I have, quite sadly, heard men preach against the speaking of tongues in their ministries. This is done for a number of reasons whose backing you cannot find in the scriptures.
For example, there are those who forbid Christians from speaking in tongues because those around them will not understand them when they pray.
Our theme scripture is very clear on this. It says that you should not forbid anyone from speaking with tongues. The Message version of the same scripture says, “Don’t tell people how they should or shouldn’t pray when they’re praying in tongues that you don’t understand.”
Simply because you do not understand what someone else is saying while praying should not be a reason for you to stop them from speaking in tongues. After all, they are speaking to God and not to you.
In 1 Corinthians 14:2, the Bible says, “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh NOT UNTO MEN, BUT UNTO GOD: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”
Tongues, even when spoken publicly, are a private conversation between a man and his God and should be respected as such.
Praying in tongues ought to be encouraged because it is our language of prayer as children of the Most High God.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Corinthians 14:2, Mark 16:17
GOLDEN NUGGET: Praying in tongues ought to be encouraged because it is our language of prayer as children of the Most High God.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for the gift of tongues and the language of the Spirit. I embrace them as my portion and can never let myself think any less of their power and place in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.