Written on January 28th, 2007 by Shawn Anthony
Jack Hayford, in The Beauty of Spiritual Language, writes: “It’s perfectly clear that the apostle Paul - not only a university graduate, but one of history’s most respected thinkers - saw speaking with tongues as desirable and as worthy of respect in devotional exercise. As the man who acknowledgedly is second only to Jesus Himself in securing the global establishment of Christianity, Paul not only expresses gratitude for the continuity and clear significance of such prayer in his own life, but expressly disallows anyone’s discouragement of the same. ‘I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all … Do not forbid [others] to speak with tongues’ (1 Corinthians 14:18,39).” The gift of tongues is an incredible and an undeniably sanctioned New Testament devotional & spiritual practice. I often pray in a spiritual language and can attest to its spiritual benefit and power. Tongues is a wonderful spiritual gift and often accompanies a personal devotional time too deep and intimate for common words. All the gifts of the Body of Christ are amazing, wonderful and equal in importance and corporate necessity. (For more on all of the spiritual gifts, see: 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; 12:17-20; 12:28; 12:29-30; Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 4:9-10).