The gift of tongues by Richard Roberts
“What is it then?” he says in verse 15, or what will I do? And here’s the answer. This is the gold here, the gold. “I will pray with the Spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also.”
There is a tie between when you and I pray in tongues and stop and pray in English. They taught me this that night in that dormitory room. And the first time I tried, a few unintelligible syllables came out of my mouth, sounded like some kind of African mumbo jumbo.
But when I stopped and said the first thing that came into my mind in English, I was shocked at what I said. And I said, “Wow! Where did that come from? Let’s do that again.” And once again, I felt that Holy Spirit coming up in my belly, all the way up into my throat.
And instead of forcing Him back down, I allowed Him to come up. And I opened my mouth, and several more syllables came out. And then they had me stop and they had me pray the first thing that came into my mind in English.
I didn’t realize it, but I was doing exactly what the apostle Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 14, verses 13, 14, and 15. I had no idea.
And, students, over these many years, I have developed that more and more and more. I have understood the difference between the operation of the gift of tongues and the gift of interpretation of tongues, which is sovereign and can only come when the Holy Spirit wills and my own daily devotional prayer language, which I am in control of. And I can turn it on or turn it off at will.
Paul said, “I determine. I will pray with the Spirit, and I will pray with the understanding.” Now at this point in this scripture, he was giving his own personal testimony, and he was not talking about the gift of tongues and the gift of interpretation of tongues, which he mentions later in this same chapter.
He’s now talking about something that I can do by an act of my will. Therefore, over these years, I have practiced it. And the more I practiced it, the more fluent I became. No longer was it just a couple of two or three syllables and that was it. You know, the more you practice something, the better you get at it.© Copyright 2012 admin, All rights Reserved. Written For: Richard Roberts Ministries