Reasons for Speaking in Tongues

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:4 NKJV

Why was speaking in tongues such a beneficial inclusion to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? Why do believers need the benefit of speaking in tongues? Here are some scriptural reasons:

1. It is a manifestation of the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:4, 11; 1 Cor. 14:2)

2. Jesus commanded us to receive His gift. (Acts 1:4, 5:32; John 14:16-17; Eph. 5:18)

3. We are exhorted to be filled with the Spirit and pray in Tongues. (Gal 5:22-25; Rom 8:14; 1 Cor 12:7-11; 1 Cor 14:15; Eph 5:18; Acts 19:2; 2 Cor 3:18)

4. Speaking in Tongues is a great gift given to believers. (1 Cor. 12:31, 14:4)

5. It enables us to have spirit-to-spirit communication with God. (John 4:24; 1 Cor 15:25; Gen 2:7; Rom 5:12; John 3:3-5,16)

6. Praying in Tongues builds and increases our faith. (Rom 12:6; Jude 1:20; Mark 9:23; Matthew 9:29)

7. Praying in Tongues activates the Fruit of the Spirit. (Gal 5:22-23; 2 Cor. 3:18; Rom 8:29; 1 Cor 13)

8. Praying in the Spirit empowers us to “pray without ceasing”. (Eph. 6:18; 1 Thess 5:17; Matt 26:41; Luke 18:1; Luke 21:36; 1 Cor 14:15)

9. The Holy Spirit through Speaking in Tongues directs us in praying Gods will. (Rom. 8:27; 1 John 5:14-15)

10. Praying in Tongues quiets the mind. (1 Cor 14:2, 14)

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Please also read: 6_steps_to_receive_Spirit_Baptism[1]

* Some information adapted from the May 2013 edition of Charisma Magazine.
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