1Cor. 14:14-15 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.
Our world today is all about communication. From texting to emails, from Facebook to twitter, from skyping to face time; our lives are all about communication. Things that took weeks just a few years ago happen instantly now. Divine communication is infinitely superior to all the other forms of communication. We can be instantly transported outside of space and time into the very atmosphere of God. The Lord has provided a supernatural means of communication, the spiritual language of intimacy or praying in other tongues.
I will never forget the first time I heard someone singing in other tongues. I was being drawn to the Lord and was attending a Bible study for the first time on Carrollton Ave. in New Orleans. There was a young man there singing and playing his guitar. He began singing in an unfamiliar language (to be honest I thought he was Catholic and singing in latin), which made me a little uncomfortable but was at the same time strangely attractive. Before the night was over I was being prayed for and began to have my first experience with the tangible presence of the Lord. I was beginning to have those channels of communication with the Lord opened up to me. J. Rodman Williams was a leader in the Charismatic Renewal in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Check out his thoughts about the prayer language and divine communication.
“Speaking in tongues is supremely communication to God. We have observed how the Jewish disciples in Jerusalem magnified God through tongues and how later in Caesarea the Gentiles similarly extolled God. The words of Paul that begin, “be filled with Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,” continue with “singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart” (Eph. 5:18-19) “Spiritual songs” refer in a special way to melodic communication with God. Speaking in tongues is a way of transcending human resources and declaring in the Spirit the very mysteries of God. In all this (and in other Scriptures mentioned) the very heart of speaking in tongues is communication with God.
The importance of tongues in this connection can hardly be denied. There is surely a place for prayer and praise in one’s own language (indeed, we often sorely lack here); however, since glossolalia is the language of the Holy Spirit, the communication with God through the Spirit takes on a note of extraordinary immediacy and directness.”
In that place of spiritual intimacy, true communication begins to take place. God actually speaks right into our inner man, our spirit man, as we yield to his heavenly form of divine communication. Like Paul the apostle said, when I speak in tongues I am speaking directly to God and not to man. When you travel to a foreign country, it helps if you can learn the language. Without the ability to communicate, we are extremely limited in our ability to perform our daily duties. As Dr. Williams said, “glossolalia (speaking in tongues) is the language of the Holy Spirit”, as we allow the Lord to deepen this gift in our lives, communication that leads to intimacy with God will begin to develop in our hearts.