Different Kinds of Tongues

The gift of tongues is simply the Holy Spirit giving you the supernatural ability to speak in a foreign tongue that you have no knowledge or ability to speak out on your own.

There are two types of tongues He can give you. One is a tongue of this earth. For instance, if your native language is English, then He can give you the ability to speak in Chinese, Japanese, or Spanish.

The other type of tongue that He can give you is a tongue direct from heaven, a heavenly language that is not of this earth. The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 13 that there are “tongues of angels.”

But in either event, it will be a foreign language that you will not be able to speak out on your own, and only the Holy Spirit’s supernatural transmission of this language out of your spirit will give you the ability to be able to speak this language out.

And whatever tongue the Holy Spirit will give you, you will be able to use it 24/7, whenever you want. It will be your own personal, private, prayer language between you and the Lord.

The only problem with this gift is that for the most part, you will never know or understand what you are praying about when you go into this gift.

The Bible tells us that we will be speaking out “mysteries,” and only God the Father and the Holy Spirit will be knowing exactly what the prayer will be about on any given occasion when you are actually doing it.

So if we will not know exactly what we are praying about when using this gift, then why would God even want us to have this kind of a gift in the first place? I believe the reason is in the verse where it says that sometimes we will not know how to pray as we ought to.

Sometimes we will not be able to find the right words to use in our own personal prayers to the Lord due to our own natural imperfections in being able to properly communicate with Him.

Here is the verse that will show us that sometimes we will not know how to pray as we ought, and that we all need the Holy Spirit to come and help us out in our own personal prayer life with God the Father:

“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.” (Romans 8:26)

I believe the Holy Spirit is the Master Prayer to God the Father and as such, He is allowing us to have direct access into His own personal prayer life with God the Father. In other words, He is asking us to play a part of and to share with Him on His own direct, personal prayers to God the Father.

Even though you will not know what you are praying about when you do go into your gift of tongues, at least you will have the honor and privilege of being able to pray direct to God the Father with the Holy Spirit.

And since the Holy Spirit knows how to present a perfect prayer to God the Father, then you can actually play a part in that perfect prayer to God the Father.

Another reason that you will want this gift is for emergency type situations.

I cannot tell you how may testimonies I have seen or read where the Holy Spirit will all of a sudden prompt someone to start praying in tongues, and then later on that person finds out that the prayer they were just doing in tongues was just used to save someone else’s life.

Since the Holy Spirit is God and Lord Himself, this means He can perfectly see into the future.

And if He sees a fatal accident getting ready to occur, He can prompt you to start praying in tongues to God the Father to stop the impending tragedy from occurring.

You have no idea how many lives you may be instrumental in saving if you will only allow God to give this gift to you and then go into it whenever the Holy Spirit will prompt you to do it.

This gift cannot only be used to save your own personal life from impending disaster, but it can also be used to save the lives of people who may be very close to you, such as your immediate family members, close friends, or co-workers.

For the most part, the gift of tongues will be used as your own personal, private, prayer language between you and the Lord. If it is done in a church setting by someone, then there should be someone who will have the interpretation of that tongue, otherwise no one will know what that person is praying about and it will not be able to edify the flock in the setting that it is occurring.

Now here are some additional verses on the gift of tongues:

  1. “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” (1 Corinthians 14:2)
  2. “I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.” ( 1 Corinthians 14:5)
  3. “Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.” (1 Corinthians 14:13-14)
  4. “Though I speak with tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.” ( 1 Corinthians 13:1)
  5. “Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers…” (1 Corinthians 14:22)
  6. “Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Corinthians 14:39-40)

Notice in the first verse that it is telling you that you are speaking mysteries when you are praying in your tongue. The 4th verse tells you that your tongue will either becoming from men or angels, which means that it will either be a language of this earth or a language direct from heaven.

Notice in the 3rd verse that Paul is telling you that you pray to interpret your own tongue so you can understand what you are praying about, which will lead us right into the next gift, the interpretation of tongues.

Also notice that when you are praying in your tongue, that you are praying out of your spirit, not out of your mind. You are also praying in the Holy Spirit when you are praying in your tongue.

With our inability to be perfect prayer warriors with God the Father, I believe this is one gift that God would like all of His children to have.

When you find yourself wanting to pray to God, but you find yourself falling short in how you want to pray or what you want to pray about, you can just go into your gift of tongues with the Holy Spirit and then end up giving God a perfect prayer, since the prayer will becoming direct from the Holy Spirit Himself.

This a very powerful prayer tool to have in your own arsenal since you are opening yourself up direct to the Holy Spirit and His ability to perfectly pray to God the Father.

You are joining forces with the third Person of the Trinity who is God and Lord Himself, who is the Master Prayer and Intercessor with God the Father.

Just meditate on this mind-blowing reality, and then see if you will not want to go to God the Father and ask Him to release this powerful gift to you through the Holy Spirit.

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  1. Donald - November 2, 2018 at 12:37 am

    The Romans verse quoted clearly states that the Holy Spirit, in this case, helps by producing “groanings which cannot be uttered” NOT languages that can obviously be uttered. I have spoken in tongues for over 40 years. Decades ago I asked the Lord to reveal to me what I’m saying. “Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.” – 1Co 14:13 NKJV I believe that it works in a general sense. I don’t know exactly what I am praying but often I know what I’m praying about or whom I’m praying for.

    • Louis Wright - November 7, 2018 at 3:47 pm

      Please, be more careful when you speak about such things without researching them. The tongues spoken in Acts 2 are clearly earthly languages.

  2. Emmanuel - October 25, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Thanks so much. This is a material I currently use for our Bible Study in the church. It is a profound material on this subject.

  3. Stacy Hill - August 27, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Wow Thanks you have shed so much light on this subject fruit of the spirit!!I am overwhelmed with this.Thank you so much! TO GOD BE THE GLORY

  4. Cheryl Bohler - August 6, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Thank you for this article. I had the experience of speaking in tongues this past Saturday and was unsure of the meaning and reasons it was happening. I feel blessed and privileged to have had this experience and I pray the Holy Spirit will continue His work in me to the glory of God the Father. Praise God!

  5. Steven P. Williams - May 19, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Tounges of angles are not spoken by men…this ALONE is the most misconstrued and abused form of defunked laguage in the church today.
    ALL the power of the holy spirit enters and empowers each and EVERY believer the VERY moment they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Walking and praying in the spirit is an exercise of walking in the truth of who we are as his children and has NOTHING to do with babbling like crazy people.

  6. Adams Benjamin - April 26, 2018 at 7:34 am

    please ,at first I lack understanding of this tongue speaking but now I got understand. But I have not received the gift .please do I still have to everyday desire for the gift or it will come on me unaware ??

    • Sherry Smith - September 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm

      When I first heard of this gift I wanted it badly. I was in an abusive relationship and I was told by an Aunt that I could pray even in those abusive moments. So… I went to a church that, first of all, believed in prayer language. I had four young boys and I told the Lord that I wanted this gift. I prayed as I was walking to the nursery to drop off the boys “I will do whatever it takes to receive this gift. I believe you have brought me here so that I may get the understanding I need to receive. I will not leave your presence until I have that understanding.” I went up to the alter after the service and told the pastor that I wanted this gift. He summoned the elders, they prayed around me for about 30 minutes. I let go of all my burdens, surrendered completely to God and I came up off my knees speaking in tongues. I can now call upon that gift any time I want and even when I’m not paying attention my spirit is praying 24/7 with no effort at all. It is an amazing gift.

    • Louis Wright - November 7, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      I am blessed to read your question. Perhaps, you have the gift by now and do not need my input. I hope so. Nonetheless, here is my answer.
      The gifts of the Spirit are given by God alone and He chooses to whom and when the gifts will be given. Perhaps, it is just not time for you yet. Perhaps you are not ready to receive the gift just yet. Maybe, you just need to relax, seek God and not a gift and let Him show you. Most Christians have several gifts. Have you looked closely at yourself to see which gifts you may have? Have you asked someone close what they believe your gifts are? I’ll bet you will be surprised at the answers.
      God bless you as you seek a closer walk with the Master, Louis

  7. James - April 14, 2018 at 4:59 am

    Hi thanks for your article.

    What I would like to say is that the Holy Spirit will prompt a person to speak in tongues, not that a person can just go into speaking in tongues (one cannot prompt the gift in this way) otherwise it will be their flesh operating, not birthed of the Spirit. God bless

  8. Jay D Saunders - March 11, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Unfortunately, spiritual discernment can not be accomplished with the mind of the flesh but the mind of the Holy Spirit.

    The order that must be maintained in services is a key to its acceptance by all.
    Leadership in the church has this responsibility but how many of our leaders today are unlearned or just ignore spiritual power gifts to increase church attendance.

    It is always refreshing to read a lesson or teaching on this subject but a lesson on improper use would be helpful in its uses acceptance.

    I thank God that I pray in tongues for when my mind knows not how to pray my spirit prays for me.

    This was very helpful when I rushed my wife to the hospital. They did not know or find out what was wrong with her but I just kept praying quietly and reading the word of God to her.

    After about 4 to 6 hours later after many test we left the hospital with her recovered or healed. The doctors did not have a clue what was wrong or could find a reason for her problems which seam to evaporate.

    This gift has been very helpful to me on numerous occasions when marital strife arises over nothing really.

    I have learned to just shut my mouth and pray quietly at a whisper and problems just seam to evaporate. I use it when their is a healing service or during an alter call for salvations.

    I have used it when I fell a presents of evil or a feeling prompted of eminent danger.

    I hope this blesses the reader.

    Jay D. Saunders in Ohio

    • Angela Nguyen - May 17, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you so much for listening to the Spirit and writing this article. It seems lately I have been speaking in tongues often and not understanding, I would discuss with friends and family. Yet, no one could tell me they had similar experiences. There were times it would seem the prayer was intense like I was in battle so I would start to wonder of the evil and allowed my flesh to worry. Prayer in tongues would just occur whenever and even in my sleep as my husband has told me. I thought I must be a mess to be in so much prayer. Sometimes the prayer would be in a soft whisper or as a declaration and other times a person would pop in my head and my heart would start to hurt and I would find out the person was in deep sorrow. I just have to say once again this has been God sent, I have been wanting just to read something that would reassure me and it is okay if i do not know what exactly it is that I am praying about, because thar is exactly why we pray for we do not know what we ought to pray.

  9. J.Washington - September 23, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    This lesson or shall I say these lessons were an eye opener for me .There was a lot of things I was confused about but now I understand and believe.You made it sound plain and simple,nothing complicate to understand and I have never heard these lessons taught like that before.I thank God for the gifts He has given you to put them together. May God continue to bless .

  10. erion - May 23, 2016 at 5:54 am

    are you able to speak in other tongues through your mind? I asked my sister in Christ if you are able to do this. One more question: Can satan understands the language that you are saying through in tongues?

    • Rael - May 28, 2016 at 2:25 am

      Satan can’t understand the tongues unless the person is speaking demonic tongues.

    • deborah - April 9, 2018 at 2:47 am

      No, that’s the whole reason for tongues we will be speaking out “mysteries,” and only God the Father and the Holy Spirit will be knowing exactly what the prayer will be about on any given occasion. We don’t know what we saying but God and the Holy Spirit. We can Interpret the tongues. Satan doesn’t any way of knowing what we are saying he was kick out of heaven so he don’t no the heavenly langue what the Angels speaking.

  11. Leon Joe Crooks - February 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Dear Whomever I believe by faith only that God gives us the ability to pray in our prayer language as we pray out of spirit mind . There have been time in my life I did not know what I ought to pray or even how to handle a situation, or even how to overcome a situation. Yet the Holy Spirit which is God who is the third person in the trinity as I leaned and trusted in Him and not on my own ability by the Help of the Paraclete that is the Holy Spirit would deposit an idea in my spirit on how to handle a situation or the power within to walk as an overcomer. My former denomination believe it all ceased after the New Testament Church and some believe it is of the Devil which concerns me the most

  12. Michael shopein - October 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    God bless you. This site really helped me in my Sunday school teaching. I’m now a great teacher. My teaching ability had greatly improved.
    Thank you very much .

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