Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.
This story, about the planting of the church in Ephesus, is classic. Paul had just asked these young disciples this question,”have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed”. These newly converted, non-Spirit filled Christians had no clue about the ministry of the Holy Spirit. They weren’t sure what Paul was talking about but they were sure going to find out. Paul laid his hands on them and then it happened, these baby Christians began to speak in tongues and prophesy. Wow! Is it really that easy? Can anyone speak in tongues? I think there is a lot of confusion in today’s church about praying in tongues. Often, scripture that applies to tongues and interpretation of tongues are thrown out there to quench the use of the prayer language. This is part of the reason today’s Christians are largely without power in their lives. Here are some thoughts from the Fire Bible about being filled with the Spirit and speaking in tongues.
“This event occurs about 25 years after the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Yet, the pattern of these twelve people receiving the fullness of the Holy Spirit is consistent with the pattern seen throughout the book of Acts. (1) They had believed in Jesus and were born again by the Spirit. (2) After they were baptized in water, Paul laid his hands on them and they were baptized in the Holy Spirit. As the Holy Spirit came on them, they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. The book of Acts never presents the outpouring of the Spirit without any outward evidence. Rather, it shows it to be an obvious and identifiable experience that could be verified by the initial physical evidence of speaking in tongues. This practice is a Holy Spirit-inspired way of speaking, praying or praising God by which a Christian speaks in a language they have never learned.”
The prayer language is an intricate part of our Christian faith. It comes out of the deepest part of our lives and enjoys a deep, intimate relationship with the Lord. Our faith is built as we pray in the Spirit and we are filled with the power of God. This supernatural power enables us to live a godly testimony in a dark world and energizes us for powerful ministry to the hurting. Have you received the Holy Spirit like they did in the book of Acts since you believed?