The Benefits of Praying in Tongues

When somebody like Apostle Paul said, “I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you,” it suggests there are benefits in praying with tongues. Thus, this article will explore the benefits of praying with tongues, as revealed in the scripture.

1 Corinthians 14:18 (ESV) “I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.”

#1. Praying in tongues allows you to enjoy an encrypted conversation with God.

1 Corinthians 14:2 (ESV) “For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.”

By praying in the tongue, you are praying according to the will of God. However, your conversation is encrypted in mysteries, so no man or the devil knows what you are praying about. This shields your request from doubt and unbelief, which could be coming from the enemy’s attack on your mind.

#2. Praying in tongues connects your prayer with the unfailing intercessory ministries of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

The scripture revealed that Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit intercede for believers.

Hebrews 7:25 (NKJV) “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” 

Romans 8:26 (NKJV) Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Additionally, Jesus says that when Holy Spirit comes, He will not speak of Himself but whatever He hears.

John 16:13 (ESV) “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”

This implies that when the Holy Spirit intercedes for believers, He prays whatever He hears Jesus praying about on the throne. Thus, when a believer prays in tongues, he is praying with the utterance given by the Holy Spirit, which the Holy Spirit picks from Jesus’ intercession. So, when you pray in tongues, you are not praying alone, and you cannot pray amiss because you are praying with Christ and the Holy Spirit. 

#3. Praying in tongues strengthens you spiritually.

1 Corinthians 14:4 (NLT) “A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.”

When you pray in tongues, it strengthens you spiritually and enhances your spiritual sensitivity to God.

#4. Praying in tongues reinforces your effectiveness in spiritual warfare.

Ephesians 6:18 (ESV) “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”

Paul charged believers to put on the whole armor of God in warring against principalities and power. But along with the whole armor, they should continue praying in the Spirit. Having the whole armor does not make praying in tongues less critical. It is an essential factor for victory in spiritual warfare.

#5. Praying in tongues affords your spirit the opportunity for spiritual exercise.

1 Corinthians 14:14 (ESV) For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.”

We are tripartite beings; we are a spirit; we have a soul and live in a body. As there are exercises that keep the body and soul strong and active, so there are exercises that keep the spirit alert and sensitive and one of such is praying in tongues.

#6. Praying in tongues enables you to give thanks well enough.

1 Corinthians 14:17 (NIV) “You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.”

We are often short of words and fail to offer gratitude to God appropriately. We can overcome such challenges by engaging the Holy Spirit in expressing our gratitude to God.

All these benefits and more are available for those who pray in tongues; you can begin today! However, praying in tongues is only available to all believers in Christ baptized with the Holy Spirit. The baptism with the Holy Spirit is an experience after salvation. If you want to learn more about a relationship with Jesus, please follow this link. 

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Rotimi Oluwaseyitan

Rotimi Oluwaseyitan is the Lead Pastor at Christ Royal Assembly and founder of Rotimi Oluwaseyitan Ministries. He has authored six books, including Exceeding Riches of His Grace, GraceNow Devotional, Prophetic Prayer Handbook, The fellowship of the Holy Spirit, Dealing with the Spirit of Herod, and the Mistakes of Lot. He is passionate about prayer and the word. He hosts a monthly prayer meeting online every first day of the month.

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