We’ve talked about why the gift of tongues, as used in our private prayer language, is so vital to living a powerful Christian life. It produces health in our bodies, thoughts, and emotions. It is one of the weapons of our spiritual warfare, is the seventh piece of the armor mentioned in Ephesians 6, and enables us to pray perfect prayers according to God’s will. It produces a communion between God and us that causes us to walk in greater faith, wisdom, understanding, and discernment. And, combined with the interpretation of tongues, it helps us to hear God’s voice.
The question we might ask at this point is, “Why would I not want to pray in tongues?”
I would like to encourage those of my readers who have not yet received their prayer language to press God for it until you do receive it. It is not that He is unwilling to give it to us; it is that some of us have a harder time than others in pressing past our own issues to get to the point of yielding. Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “… He [God] is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him,” and Psalm 84:11 promises, “… No good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” As the saying goes, anything worth having is worth fighting for. Great men of God, such as John G. Lake and Smith Wigglesworth, have struggled to receive their prayer language, yet they refused to give up until they received the promise, and they were not disappointed.
(Note: Since first writing this article, I have learned more about how to aid people in receiving their prayer language easily. Please see my article, How to Easily be Baptized in the Spirit with Tongues.)
For those of you who already have your prayer language, may I encourage you to use it abundantly? You can train yourself into the habit of praying in tongues (in a whisper, if you like) while you work around the house, drive your car, and do other everyday tasks. After awhile, it becomes so natural to pray in your prayer language, that you do not consciously make a decision to do it, and you may have been praying for some time before you become aware of it. It enables us to be in constant communion with the Lord throughout our day. It’s one of the ways to bring ourselves closer to Paul’s command to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Paul commented, “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all” (1 Corinthians 14:18). If the prayer language was important to Paul, it should be treasured and nurtured by us, too.
Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual