Tag Archive: Praying in Tongues


Tongue-test – Updates

  • 5/17 – Started out.  Did about 40 minutes today.
  • 5/18 – Got a little over an hour.  Done while mowing and quiet time.  Since right now my mind seems to do more harm that good, I’m hoping that praying while doing other tasks is as effective.  I really don’t know for sure.
  • 5/19 – Noticing a little more fealing of the presence of the Lord yesterday and today, better in control of my emotions.  Not much else.  It’s a sunday and I figure weekends will be hard to keep up, since I tend to spend more of that time with family and you can’t interact and pray in tongues at the same time.
  • 5/21 – Still keeping it up.  Handled a pretty hard test today that normally would’ve made me react much more.  Seem to have better control.
  • 5/26 – Maybe a little short today, but done well every other day.  Nothing huge to note yet.  I have been much quicker to seek forgiveness and try to stay holy.  That’s really a different topic, but I’m sure it’s interrelated.
  • 5/30 – Almost 2 weeks now.  Yesterday I ahd something a little new.  As I’m praying, it’s likely it hits me that I can pray directly to the God of the universe.  It’s one of those things your mind knows, but suddenly your heart gets it.  Then I spent the next 20 minutes or so in excited praying in tongues, as I thought about God being there, listening, and it’s like I could feel His presence there with me as I drew nearer to Him.  I’ve also gone much longer with a stronger focus on the Lord than I’ve done in a long time, including making it through some stressful situations.
  • 6/3 – Still going, nothing huge to update, other than the fact I’m still going. To have got for over 2 weeks and still be pretty focused on the Lord is good for me.
  • 6/17- I finished the month, though I was probably averaging about 45 minutes a day, plus weekends got tougher near the end

Overall, it’s tough to say.  I’m still a little unsure on this whole thing.  I had a bit more trouble toward the end, I was really pulling off the whole hour most of the time.  Pretty soon after this I started falling off a bit, and then I got on call and had a lack of sleep, then let myself get caught up too much in a book and really got off track for a little bit.  What I can say though is that I haven’t been as focused on the Lord and as steady as during this month in a while, and when I started falling off because of issues, things got really bad.  I also feel like I’m not really doing things right.  I’m just praying in tongues, but typically I’m thinking about in number of other things and not the Lord.  I’m trying again, but more focused this time.

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I posted a while back about tongues, but as usual I didn’t stick it out.  That’s part of what I’m doing here now, sticking it out.  I’ve started to wait more in the morning.

I bought another series from Brother Sadhu about Holiness.  In the first or second message he spoke about tongues.  He was talking about how when the Tower of Babel happened, everyone spoke God’s language, but after that, all the languages of the world were created, and no one spoke God’s language anymore.  We need the Spirit to interpret.  Tongues however is a heavenly language.  Praying in tongues is letting the spirit pray for us, for as the scriptures say, we don’t know what we need to pray.  This is a great gift from God to the believer.  Yet I’ve continued to neglect it.  He said that early in his life, before his ministry exploded, he would often spend 3 to 4 hours a day praying in tongues.  I believe this is either:

1) The advantage of being single and focused on ministry

2) The result of someone who is truly serious about God.

He continued to say he’s heard that one hour a day is the minimum we should pray in tongues.  That seemed a bit shocking to me.  I can list my day out… it’s something like

5.5 hours – sleep

1-1.5 hours – Quiet time/waiting

1-1.5 hours – Driving, often in worship or listening to sermons, sometimes just prayer

8 hours – work

1 hour – lunch, sometimes includes some time with the Lord

2-3 hours – Family time, dinner, etc

1-1.5 hours – Getting child ready for bed.

Adds up to about 23 hours, lost 1 somewhere in there.

Having said all that, I would have trouble coming up with an hour to pray.  He then continued on to tell us to test him out.  Devote an hour a day for a month to praying in tongues, and then see if our lives have changed.  If not, you can come back to him.  He seemed convinced of this fact.

So let’s try.  I’m all about sacrifices to actually do something now.  I’m tired of the normal christian life that leads to the same struggles.  I’m going to set a reminder for myself on June 17 to write another blog post, I’ll let you know how it goes.  So far I’m on day #2.  First day was on the way home from work(almost got in a whole hour), today was while mowing.  I’d like to be just sitting still before the Lord, but there’s only so much time during the day to pull that off.