CELEBRATING THE PRECIOUS HOLY SPIRIT IV (WHY SPEAK IN TONGUES?)
. Rom. 8:26 “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.” We do not know how to pray, we don’t even have enough prayer points. We don’t even know the things we should actually pray for at every particular point in time. We may be bringing up things that we think are the major areas of need that we have but we must take cognizance of the fact that we have the Holy Spirit who is omniscient; he knows everything and is not limited in time and space.
When we open our mouth and begin to speak in other tongues, we begin to touch things that we really need and not the things that we want because he knows the things we really need. Let’s tap into his omniscience as we let our tongue loose and begin to use our tongue to touch the areas of need. He knows the battles that are about to emerge; he knows what the enemy is trying to do. He knows what you need more and not just what you want and he addresses those needs.
Above all, he helps our infirmities, our weaknesses according to the scriptures. Speaking in tongues a therapeutic means of cleansing and release. It has therapeutic effect. That is why he helps our infirmities, he heals us. Praying in other tongues produces healing and cleansing. I don’t know how anyone can be truly clean inside out, that is, without any defilement, without the fire of the Holy Spirit burning up things and throwing away every nonsense that is always trying to attach itself to us. Such things as unclean and defiling influences in the environment, for instance, both physical and spiritual.
When you pray in other tongues, you create a healing atmosphere not only around you but inside out of you. The fire of his presence gets so intense that it can remove every dross. You can experience real physical healing through this means. Many times, when the enemy tries to attach stuff at me, all I do is relax myself in the presence of God and then begin to pray in tongues and as I pray, I see myself yawning or sneezing or coughing and after that, it dissolves and disappears. As for the cleansing effect, the Bible says, “take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.” Prov. 25:4.
What is dross? Dross is accumulated filth. It can get so accumulated that the only thing that can take it away is fire, it must pass through the fire of the presence of the Holy Spirit; the fire burns off the chaff so that the vessel may come forth for the finer. How can you be a vessel of honour in the hands of God without the cleansing effect of the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of holiness, he is the spirit of sanctification and part of the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in you is the cleansing that comes as a result of your fellowship with the Holy Spirit in tongues. A very wonderful aspect of any relationship is communication – can you really build a relationship without communication? Now how do you communicate effectively with a spirit being? If you are not praying in tongues, you are limited. So desire to speak in tongues.
TO BE CONTINUED.