DO I REALLY NEED TO PRAY IN TONGUES ?

This is a sermon outline that I preached at Victory. I posted it because of the importance of our prayer language. You can look at the scriptures posted and strengthen your faith concerning the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Enjoy !!!

I. TWO KINDS OF TONGUES

1.ONE IS STRICTLY A PRAYER LANGUAGE – TALKING TO GOD

1 Cor.14:2 – TPT – When someone speaks in tongues, no one understands a word he says, because he’s not speaking to people, but to God—he is speaking intimate mysteries in the Spirit.

2. ONE IS A MESSAGE INTENDED TO BE INTERPRETED

1Cor. 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

1Cor. 12:8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,

1Cor. 12:9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,

1Cor. 12:10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

1Cor. 12:11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

II. WHY DO I EMPHASIZE THE PRAYER LANGUAGE

1. SPEAKING INTIMACIES TO GOD RESTORATION OF INTIMACY

1 Cor.14:2 – Message – If you praise him in the private language of tongues, God understands you but no one else does, for you are sharing intimacies just between you and him.

1 Cor.14:2 – TPT – When someone speaks in tongues, no one understands a word he says, because he’s not speaking to people, but to God—he is speaking intimate mysteries in the Spirit.

2. IT IS A SIGN TO THIS GENERATION

1Cor. 14:22 ¶ Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.

Is. 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue

He will speak to this people,

Is. 28:12 To whom He said, “This is the rest with which

You may cause the weary to rest,”

And, “This is the refreshing”;

Yet they would not hear.

3. IT CREATES AN ATMOSPHERE FOR THE SUPERNATURAL

Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

Rev.1:10 – I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,

4. BUILDS FAITH

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

Jude 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life

5. THIS CAUSES US TO GROW SPIRITUALLY

1Cor. 14:2-4 – For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

6. HELPS ME OVERCOME MY WEAKNESSES

Rom. 8:26 ¶ Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

7. THE PROPHETIC NATURE OF THE PRAYER LANGUAGE

1Cor. 14:13-15 ¶ Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. 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.

Acts 2:17“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,

That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

Your young men shall see visions,

Your old men shall dream dreams.

Acts 2:18And on My menservants and on My maidservants

I will pour out My Spirit in those days;

And they shall prophesy.

8. THE ANOINTING AND PASSION FOR INTERCESSION

Rom. 8:27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Rom. 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

9. CONNECTED TO GOD’S WILL

Rom. 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

10. WALKING IN LOVE

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

Jude 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

11. RELEASING THE PRAYERS OF JESUS

Rom. 8:34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

12. BY PASS NATURAL THINKING

1Cor. 14:14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.

1Cor. 14:15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

13. THERAPY AND REST

Is. 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

Is. 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

Is. 28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

14. PUTTING TO DEATH THE DEEDS OF THE FLESH

Rom. 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

15. WISDOM FROM GOD ACCESSED

1 Cor.2:10-13 – these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

16. CONNECTED TO THE PRESENCE

Acts 2:28 You have made known to me the paths of life;

you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

17. RENEWAL OF OUR MIND AND OUR INNER MAN

ISA.28:11,12 – For with stammering lips and another tongue

He will speak to this people,

To whom He said, “This is the rest with which

You may cause the weary to rest,”

And, “This is the refreshing”;

Yet they would not hear

18. BE STRENGTHENED IN YOUR INNER MAN

Eph.6:10,18 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might…..praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

19. RELEASING THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

Acts 2:17,18 – “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;

even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.

20. HELPS US STEP INTO THE SPIRITUAL REALM

Rev.1:10 – I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet

21. HELPS US TO PRAY

Rom.8:26 – Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

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