I *will* speak in the tongues of men and of angels!

June 21, 2008

As some of you well know, I have been without a personal prayer language for the three and a half years I’ve been saved. For the first year I was not a little bitter about it, once even yelling at God in my car. The second year came and went, which was hard, seeing as we attend a church where nearly every worship cycle prays and sings in tongues for ten to thirty minutes. I did, however, receive a phrase (shoo-rrah-bah-kah) and its interpretation (receive the Holy Spirit), but it only caused me to become more frustrated about not having a *language* to pray in, especially considering it was an effort to say the phrase, and not “carried along” by the Spirit. During the third year, some friends and family received *their* love language, and it was difficult (but I did it!) to be excited for them and thankful. I was finally brought to a place of complete abandonment, and laid down all my desires. After some time and some testing, I can now say with excitement, praise the God of all spirits – those days are over!

While here at my Army Annual Training (AT) in Fort Leonard Wood, I’ve been contending for tongues in a very focused way. I woke up an hour early (and we were already waking up before the sun rose) and paced out on the lawn, babbling away. I would do this during my lunch break, and for an hour before bed. And in between, when I felt spurred to, I’d go pretend to talk on my phone. :)

At night I’d call my wife Kelly, who has had tongues since before I was saved, and ask her questions. All I wanted was to *know* if it was Spirit led, or just me speaking sweet nothings. I kept saying that: “I just want to KNOW. I just want to KNOW.” I also told her that in the midst of all the nonsense, a word would keep coming to mind that, when said, didn’t seem to fit. It sounded Spanish: “see-em-prray”. Surprisingly, Kel told me that it was *indeed* Spanish, and meant, “always”. Of course, I thought, “Cool, but I need more confirmation here before I believe all this babbling is You, God, and not me.”

After hanging up the phone, I went inside and started watching a David Pawson seminar on the book of Revelation. Not long into the DVD, he told about how he had once asked God for a name of His to pray that was the English equivalent to Yahweh, and to my utter astonishment, he said the immediate reply from the Spirit was: “Always”…! Suffice it to say, I was now convinced – I have the gift of tongues! And though it’s only been a few days now, the difference has been like night and day. Thank You, Father, for giving good gifts to Your children, and I ask for strength to continue in this gift as I had when pursuing it!


One Response to “I *will* speak in the tongues of men and of angels!”

  1. davidgagne Says:

    Amen! It’s a bit weird at first, but later on it starts to be so natural…

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