Written on February 3rd, 2005 - 3:08AM Last Updated: January 26th, 2006 - 3:08PM
Prayer in other languages, the language given by the HolySpirit at baptism into Him, is a free gift available to every believer who receives the Promise of the Father: the HolySpirit.
Often this is confused with the spiritual manifestation of kinds of languages, one of the nine spiritual manifestations of the HolySpirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). That manifestation of the Spirit is used through a believer as He wills. They cannot "operate it at will" because "all these work that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will."
Consider this analogy:
A person's primary, native language (most likely English) can be spoken by a person any time they wish.
In the same way, the private prayer language given by the Spirit is operated the same way. It is a language a Spirit-filled believer can speak freely anytime they wish (1 Corinthians 14:5-18). The difference is, it is the HolySpirit supplying the words of the language. They have not consciously learned it. They open their mouth, begin to speak, and He fills it with the words (Acts 2:4). It is a free gift they all receive when baptized in the HolySpirit.
They were all filled with the HolySpirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak. For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all who are far off, even as many as the Lord our God will call to himself." (Acts 2:4, 39)
45They of the circumcision who believed were amazed, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the HolySpirit was also poured out on the nations. 46For they heard them speaking in other languages and magnifying God. Then Peter answered, 47"Can any man forbid the water, that these who have received the HolySpirit as well as we should not be baptized?" (Acts 10:45-47)
When Paul had laid his hands on them, the HolySpirit came on them, and they spoke with other languages and prophesied. (Acts 19:6)
Now consider the manifestation of prophecy. It is the same language as their native language, yet they are not able to express it whenever they will. The HolySpirit supplies the words, even though they are in their own language, whenever He wishes to use them in that manifestation (1 Corinthians 12:10).
This compares to the manifestation of kinds of languages. The HolySpirit supplies the words, when He wishes to use them in this way. They cannot "do it at will" anymore than they can prophesy "at will" (1 Corinthians 12:30).
The manifestation of different languages is used to edify and build up the Assembly, when it is accompanied by the manifestation of interpretation of languages (1 Corinthians 14:5-6).
I thank my God, I speak with other languages more than you all. However in the assembly I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in another language. What is it then, brothers? When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has another language, has an interpretation. Let all things be done to build each other up. If any man speaks in another language, let it be two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the assembly, and let him speak to himself, and to God. If any man thinks himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him recognize the things which I write to you, that they are the commandment of the Lord. But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant. Therefore, brothers, desire earnestly to prophesy, and don't forbid speaking with other languages. Let all things be done decently and in order. (1 Corinthians 14:18, 19, 26, 27, 28, 37, 38, 39, 40)
It does not need to be interpreted, for it is directly edifying the one praying, because it is intercession by inspiration of the HolySpirit.
In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don't know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can't be uttered. (Romans 8:26)
For he who speaks in another language speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the Spirit he speaks mysteries. (1 Corinthians 14:2)
For this reason, its use is confined to private prayer.
For he who speaks in another language speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the Spirit he speaks mysteries. I thank my God, I speak with other languages more than you all. However in the assembly I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in another language. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the assembly, and let him speak to himself, and to God. (1 Corinthians 14:2, 18, 19, 28)
when a believer understands the difference between these two supernatural uses of languages by the HolySpirit, they will better be able to edify themselves and others, as well as discern when the order of God is being preserved.
As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.
But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.
This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, ChristJesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.
You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.
God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.
That Son, JesusChrist, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.
His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.
The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.
So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.
Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!
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4He who speaks in another language edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the assembly. 5Now I desire to have you all speak with other languages, but rather that you would prophesy. For he is greater who prophesies than he who speaks with other languages, unless he interprets, that the assembly may be built up. (1 Corinthians 14:4-5)
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