THEY SPOKE IN OTHER TONGUES
1Cor. 14:15 ¶ What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
Praying in tongues was the norm for believers in the first century. From that first outpouring in the upper room on the day of Pentecost to the outpouring at Cornelius’ house as well as at the beginning of the church in Ephesus. Speaking in tongues was just part of the Christian experience. After several hundred years, a coldness set in and the prayer language was just a distant memory. We always make theological excuses for something that is not part of our experience. Many say “that passed way with the apostles. We don’t need that now.” Wrong! We live in a time of utter darkness and spiritual apathy. Today, more than ever, we need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, evidenced by speaking in other tongues. Tongues are intended to be a supernatural sign at the end of time. We need His outpouring desperately in the hour we live. Oral Roberts valued the prayer language in his personal life. Here is something he said about that wonderful gift.
“Tongues becomes the vehicle of the believer’s spirit through which he, under the promptings of the Holy Spirit, talks to God in a manner that he cannot, through his mind or intellect. If one prays through his intellect, his mind creates the speech patterns and words. When one prays through his spirit, it is his spirit in cooperation with the Holy Spirit that forms the words of a new language through which the deepest feelings of the inner man are expressed to God. When you do this, you are edified. Your spirit is released. Paul indicates here that when one prays in tongues, it is his spirit praying and not just his mind. His intellect relinquishes active control of the speech centers for a moment. It is centered on Christ. The mind stands by as an observer while the spirit or the inner being of the believer takes over.”
In 1906 something very special was brought back into the church, the mighty baptism with the Spirit confirmed by the language of prayer and intimacy. Not that it had ever totally disappeared, but now it was back in the front and center of the church. In the last century, millions of people have received their heavenly language. This has opened up many to God’s world of miracles, as a result, harvest has been experienced on every continent in unprecedented proportions.
Today, there is a new generation that has not experienced this gift on a large scale. Sadly, most of our churches have become ashamed of the supernatural and have violated Paul’s admonition, “Forbid not to speak in tongues.” I believe another pentecostal wave is on the horizon. Like Elijah said, “I hear the sound of an abundance of rain”. For Elijah, at first, all he saw was a small cloud. Before long the heavens had opened to God’s flooding rain. I think that small cloud has appeared in our dark world, the first drops of rain have begun to fall. Get ready, the greatest of all outpourings is about to come.