God Talk

"When we don't know how to pray, when we don't know what to say, we can pray in the Spirit, pray in tongues (another way of stating it), and God hears, and God will answer."

THERE ARE 7,151 LANGUAGES IN THE WORLD (worldatlas) and a surprisingly large number of languages that have gone extinct. The Holy Spirit speaks all of them. He can communicate in Hindu, in Bashti, and the ancient languages of Mesopotamia. He reads cypher and hieroglyphics. He knows those who made cave drawings. He speaks all of our languages.

But do we speak His?

Characters in books and theaters speak their own language, and fans have taken the time to learn it. They’ve written dictionaries, and they hold conventions. You can learn elvish or Klingon. But when it comes to God’s Holy Spirit language, many people won’t accept it.

It is a gift, speaking in tongues, provided by our heavenly Father so that we can speak His perfect will. You can’t mess it up because when you pray in the spirit, your understanding is unfruitful (1Co 14:14). This means the thoughts in your head cannot corrupt it. You don’t have to know and understand what is being prayed, although the Lord will sometimes give you the interpretation of it.

It is direct communication with God, which the enemy, the devil and all in the kingdom of darkness, cannot understand. Kind of like a godly Morse Code. It is syllables and sounds, “groanings,” Romans 8:26 calls it, which, though they sound foreign to us, they speak mysteries to God. When we don’t know how to pray, when we don’t know what to say, we can pray in the Spirit, pray in tongues (another way of stating it), and God hears, and God will answer.

Plus, it builds us up. It edifies us. Jude, verse 20 states, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, (v21) keep yourselves in the love of God.” The New Living Translation puts it this way: “But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit.” When we pray in tongues (in the Spirit or in the Holy Ghost, same thought), we are praying in the power of the Resurrection.

We pray THROUGH the Holy Spirit, in His power, in His wisdom, in His perfection. But we also pray TO the Spirit. We pray directly TO God. And here’s the best part, as you grow stronger in it, you will grow closer to Him, more AWARE of Him, and you will hear Him reply. You pray TO Him in tongues, and He speaks back to you. This may seem strange, at first glance. But why wouldn’t He reply? He is in us as our Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby (Jn 14:26 AMPC). He is IN us to teach us and guide us into all truth. He brings all things to our remembrance. Furthermore, He is our Father and our Friend. He wants to speak to His children.

The enemy would have us fear Him and turn aside from the truth. We do fear Him. We hold the Holy Spirit in great reverence. He is God. But He loves us, and praying in the Spirit is the language He has provided to come UPON us and enable us to live well, be strong, hear clearly, and do the work of the kingdom. God’s Word is eternal. His power is infinite and omnipresent. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Not one jot or one tittle can be removed from the Words of God. And praying in the Spirit is another element of our salvation.

God gave His all to us. His Son. His grace. His mercy. His Spirit. His wisdom and understanding and revelation. He gave us His authority and also His language. He’s that amazing. Not only did He pour His love out on us, but He made sure we can communicate boldly to the throne where no devil from hell can ever interrupt and have a say.

If you’d like to be filled with the Spirit, just ask Him for it. Pray, “Father, I want all of you. Fill me with your Presence.” Then set aside what your mind thinks about it and listen for His Words. Pray what you hear, whatever it sounds like. Then once you begin to pray, keep praying. Pray in tongues every single day, and you will grow stronger in it.

“The reason why God chose tongues as an initial evidence of the fact that you’re filled with the Spirit is because your tongue is one of the most unruly members in your body, and when you’re willing to yield your tongue and lips to speak a language your mind can’t control, that is a sign that you’re filled with the Spirit.” | Rev. Greg Mohr

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4)

“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.” (Acts 10:44-46)

“I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:” (1 Corinthians 14:18)

Suzanne D. Williams, Author