Reason 1 – Tongues is the Initial Sign
It is the initial evidence or sign of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
- “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4).
- How did these Jews know that Cornelius’ household had received the gift of the Holy Ghost? “For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God” (Acts 10:46)
Reason 2 – Tongues is for Spiritual Edification
“He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself” (1 Cor. 14:4). In writing to the church at Corinth, Paul encouraged them to continue the practice of speaking with other tongues in their worship of God and in their prayer lives as a means of spiritual edification.
- The word edified here means charge. as used in connection with charging a battery. Therefore we could paraphrase this verse, “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifies, charges, and builds himself up like a battery.” And this wonderful, supernatural means of spiritual edification – notice that it is neither mental nor physical edification – is for every one of God’s children.
- “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful” (1 Cor. 14:14).
- God is a Spirit. (John 4:24) When we pray in tongues, our spirit is in direct contact with God, who is a Spirit. We are talking to Him by a divine, supernatural means.
- “And these signs shall follow them that believe….” “Them” is plural – it means all. And one of the signs was, “…they shall speak with new tongues…” (Mark 16:17).
Reason 3 – Tongues Remind us of The Spirit’s Indwelling Presence “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:16-17).
- Speaking in tongues is a flowing stream, which should never dry up, and will enrich the life spiritually.
- Continuing to pray and worship God in tongues helps us to be ever conscious of His indwelling presence. If I can be conscious of the indwelling presence of the Holy Ghost every day, it is bound to affect the way I live.
Reason 4 – Praying in Tongues is Praying in Line With God’s Perfect Will “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Rom. 8:26-27).
- Speaking in tongues keeps selfishness out of our prayers. A prayer out of one’s own mind and thinking has the possibility of being unscriptural. It may be selfish.
- This agrees with what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:14, “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth….” Or, as the Amplified translates, “My spirit (by the Holy Spirit within me) prays.”
- When you pray in tongues – it is your spirit praying, by the Holy Spirit within you. The Holy Spirit within you gives the utterance – and you speak it out of your spirit. You do the talking. He gives the utterance. By this method the Holy Spirit helps you pray according to the will of God, as things should be prayed for.
- Praying with other tongues is praying as the Spirit gives utterance. It is Spirit-directed praying. It eliminates the possibility of selfishness in our prayers.
Reason 5 – Praying in Tongues Stimulates Faith “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost” (Jude 20).
- Praying in tongues stimulates faith and helps us learn to trust God more fully. If the Holy Spirit supernaturally directs the words I speak, faith must be exercised to speak with tongues. For I don’t know what the next word will be – I am trusting God for it. And trusting God in one line will help me to trust Him in another.
Reason 6 – Speaking in Tongues – A Means of Keeping Free From Worldly Contamination “But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God” (1 Cor. 14:28).
- The sixth reason every Christian should speak in tongues is that this is a means of keeping free from the contamination of the ungodly and the profane, and all the vulgar talk around us on the job or out in public
- If we can speak to ourselves and to God in a church service, we can also do it on the job. It won’t disturb anyone. In the barber shop, for instance, when men tell risque jokes, I just set there and speak to myself and to God in tongues
Reason 7 – Praying in Tongues Enables Us to Pray For the Unknown
Praying in tongues provides a way to pray for things for which no one thinks to pray, or is even aware. We already know that the Holy Spirit helps us to pray for what we know not how to pray as we ought. But in addition, the Holy Spirit – who knows everything – can pray through us for things about which our natural minds know nothing. Reason 8 – Praying in Tongues Gives Spiritual Refreshing “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest where with ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear” (Isa. 28:11-12). What is the rest, the refreshing, the above scripture refers to? Speaking in other tongues! Reason 9 – Tongues For Giving Thanks “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. Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified” (1 Cor. 14:15-17).
- Paul says praying in tongues provides the most perfect way to pray and to give thanks, for he said, “Thou givest thanks well” (v. 17).
Reason 10 – Speaking in Tongues Brings the Tongue Under Subjection “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). Yielding the tongue to the Holy Spirit to speak with other tongues is a giant step toward fully yielding all of our members to God. For if we can yield this most unruly member, we can yield any member.