It’s a controversial subject but it’s power and effect are undeniable. The matter of speaking in Tongues is one that Morgan Freeman finds very interesting, and he has actually spent quite a bit of time researching it himself.
In his famous religious discovery documentary, “The Story of God,” he came across the subject and was astonished with what he found out. Of the experience he begins to say,
“Some people feel they are touched by Heaven in a physical way every Sunday,”
In the episode he visits a Pentecostal church and experience first hand people who are speaking and praying in tongues.
“All around me people have been swept up by an invisible force. And now they speak what they believe is the language of Heaven. I can see it on their faces that they are genuinely somewhere else.”
Collecting his thoughts Freeman elaborated more on his experience in the church,
“I could feel the energy in that space. Normal people suddenly transformed by some power and then just as suddenly return to normal. But Pentecostals believe that they are bringing heaven down to earth.”
Towards the end of Jesus’ ministry on Earth he began to tell his disciples that he had to leave, but that he would send them the Comforter in his place. This is the Holy Spirit.
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” John 16:7
Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist spoke about this ministry that Jesus would be bringing,
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Matthew 3:11
Pentecostals derive their name from the first instance of speaking in Tongues in the book of Acts. The disciples were instructed to remain in Jerusalem until they received the Holy Spirit. They weren’t sure what it would look like. They just knew that they would know it when it happened.
Acts 2 tells us,
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?
This instance resulted in the disciples being able to minister to people who did not speak Aramaic. God was showing up and was saying that He desired all men of all tribes to believe in Jesus.
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift, and all one has to do is ask for it. Jesus very plainly tell how this is done in Luke 11:13,
“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Our Father wants us to walk in this revelation of him, He’s just waiting on us to ask Him for it.
But why should you Pray in Tongues?
Speaking in tongues is the initial sign of being baptized in the Spirit as told in Acts 2:4
“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.”
Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians that believers should pray in Tongues in their own prayer time, because it will build them up in their own faith.
“He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself . . .” 1 Cor. 14:4
It will eliminate selfishness when we pray, and in situations where we don’t know how to pray for a particular thing, we have the gift of Tongues that actually allows the Spirit to pray through us,
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26
There are more reasons than this, but that’s the beauty of reading the Bible for yourself, there’s always more revelation to be had.
If you’ve never been baptized in the Holy Spirit, there’s no better time than now to ask the Father for this free gift. It will radically change your life for the better.