Bible Study

Supernatural Prayer

Most Christians know that when they accepted Jesus as Lord, they 
received salvation.  However, although eternal life is the most 
important part of that salvation,it includes  other benefits which God 
wants us to enjoy while we live on this earth.  After Jesus was raised 
from the dead, he told his apostles some of the things which they would 
soon receive as believers.  

Mark 16:17-18
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall 
they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 .They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it 
shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall 

In these verses, Jesus was describing the things which would become 
available when God poured out of His spirit on those who believed on 
Jesus as Lord.  The gospels tell us about the miracles which Jesus and 
his followers did, but here in Mark, we are also told that the 
followers of Jesus would also speak with tongues.  In other studies, we 
will explore the other signs described in these verses, but in this 
study, I would like to show you what the bible teaches about speaking 
in tongues.  

Acts 1:4-8
4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they 
should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the 
Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the 
Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, 
Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the 
seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon 
you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all 
Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

These verses describe the final instructions given by Jesus to the 
apostles immediately before he was taken up to heaven.  He said that 
they would receive the promise of The Father, which is holy spirit.  
Even as John had baptized with water, they would be baptized with holy 
spirit.  He also told them that when this occurred, they would receive 
power.  This would enable them to be witnesses for the Lord Jesus 

Luke 24:49
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye 
in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

This verse establishes that the promise of The Father is holy spirit, 
which is power from on high.  When you consider the verses in Acts and 
Luke, you can clearly see that they are speaking of the same thing.  
Jesus is teaching the apostles that the promise of The Father is to be 
baptized with holy spirit, which is power from on high.  We know that 
the first time people received this promise of God was on the day of 

Acts 2:1-4
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one 
accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty 
wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it 
sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with 
other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

These four verses mark the beginning of the Christian church!  The 
apostles received holy spirit as Jesus had told them.  They spoke with 
tongues as the spirit gave them the words.  They did the speaking, but 
the spirit provided the words.  We will explore this further, later in 
this study.  Some people teach that the sign of tongues was a special 
occurrence which was given to the apostles exclusively.  We will see 
that in the early church, this was a normal part of the salvation 
experience.  Even as the promise was given to the twelve apostles, it 
was given to everyone who would believe.

Acts 2:38-39
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you 
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall 
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that 
are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Now, let us consider the purpose for speaking in tongues.  To speak in 
a tongue is to speak in a language which is unknown to the person who 
is speaking.  In the early days of Christianity, it was expected that 
when a person received salvation, they also received power from on 
high, which was evidenced by speaking with tongues.  To see this, we 
will look at another section of the book of Acts.

Acts 10:33-46
33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that 
thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to 
hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that 
God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, 
is accepted with him.
36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace 
by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all 
Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with 
power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed 
of the devil; for God was with him.
39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of 
the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even 
to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that 
it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name 
whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them 
which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many 
as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out 
the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.

If you read the beginning of Acts chapter ten, you will see that an 
angel of God appeared to Cornelius and instructed him to send for 
Peter, who would teach him what he needed to know regarding salvation.  
This was a challenge for Peter because Cornelius and his kin were 
Gentiles.  That is why God also showed Peter a vision, which is also 
described in Acts chapter ten.  When Peter and his company heard the 
Gentiles speak with tongues, they knew that they had received the gift 
of holy spirit.  When people received salvation, they also spoke with 
tongues.  This was the outward sign because you can't see the gift of 
holy spirit but you can observe the things which the spirit enables you 
to do.  

Acts 19:1-7
1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having 
passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain 
2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? 
And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be 
any Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they 
said, Unto John's baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, 
saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should 
come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord 
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on 
them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
7 And all the men were about twelve.

When Paul visited Ephesus, the new Christians there had not received 
evidence of the baptism with holy spirit.  Why?  Because they were not 
aware of anything regarding the holy spirit.  Many Christians today are 
unaware of the power they received when they were saved.  Notice also, 
that the baptism with water is called John's baptism.  It is the 
baptism of repentance.  It represents repentance and cleansing.  It Is 
the symbolic work which we do on earth in the natural realm.  The 
acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord brings the true baptism, that is, 
the baptism with holy spirit.  

Ephesians 1:12-13
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in 
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the 
gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were 
sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Even as Jesus had told the apostles that they would be baptized with 
holy spirit, the above verses in Ephesians confirm the same promise to 
everyone who professes Jesus as Lord.  To be sealed with holy spirit is 
to be enveloped in it.  

We have seen that speaking with tongues gives us evidence of salvation.  
However, it is and does much more than that.  

1 Corinthians 14:2
2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but 
unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he 
speaketh mysteries.

When you speak with tongues, you are speaking to God.  

1 Corinthians 14:14-18
14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my 
understanding is unfruitful.
15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with 
the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing 
with the understanding also.
16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that 
occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, 
seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?
17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

When you speak with tongues, you are praying in the spirit.  That is, 
your spirit, the gift you received when you were saved, is praying to 
God.  You don't understand it, nevertheless, it is a conversation, 
spirit to spirit, between your spirit and God!  Therefore, we now have 
two kinds of prayer:  prayer with the understanding and prayer with the 
spirit.  Notice that I described this as a conversation.  Prayer in the 
spirit is not a one-way street.  Many people do not realize that God 
speaks to us.  Unfortunately, most people think that they are supposed 
to do all of the talking and God simply listens.  As it states in 1 
Corinthians 14:2, when we speak in tongues, we are speaking divine 
mysteries with God.  Obviously, the only way we can discuss divine 
mysteries is if God is involved in the conversation.  

John 14:25-26
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will 
send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to 
your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 16:13-15
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you 
into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he 
shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it 
unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he 
shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

When we speak in tongues, we are in a conversation with God.  We are 
able to learn in ways which exceed our natural ability.  We are also 
able to pray for other people, even if we don't know their needs.

Romans 8:26-27
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not 
what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh 
intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the 
Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the 
will of God.

Praying with our natural ability is wonderful, and God wants us to do 
it.  However, as Christians, we also have supernatural power for 
prayer!  To build your faith and thus be more powerful in helping 
others, it is essential that you speak in tongues.  We are supernatural 
people who can work miracles because of the love and power of God and 
the love and obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ.  To become more 
powerful in spirit, we must do the thing which God instructs us in His 

1 Corinthians 14:4
4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; 

Jude 20
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, 
praying in the Holy Ghost,

Ephesians 3:16
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be 
strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

We can walk with God and do extraordinary things to bring blessing to 
His people by supernatural power.  To become strengthened with might 
spiritually, you must speak in tongues.  It is not difficult to do, 
because if you know and do your part, God will faithfully do the rest.  
As we read in Acts chapter two, when the apostles spoke with tongues, 
they spoke as the spirit gave utterance.  In other words, they did the 
speaking but the spirit within provided the words.  To speak in 
tongues, you simply begin moving your mouth, your tongue, your throat: 
that is, you do the action of speaking.  As you begin speaking, the 
words will appear, one by one, on your lips.  You don't try to think of 
the words and then repeat them.  Instead, you just start speaking and 
the spirit will supply the words.  The spirit will not move your mouth 
for you.  God doesn't make you speak:  you control when you start 
speaking and when you stop, but God will give the words to you through 
the spirit within.  When you begin, you may be concerned that you are 
making up the words.  Don't worry.  Once you start speaking, just keep 
going.  If you speed up, you won't have time to think about it and your 
confidence will grow.  You should relax and let it flow out of you.

John 7:38-39
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his 
belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him 
should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that 
Jesus was not yet glorified.)

When you begin speaking in tongues, be assured that the spirit can 
provide the words as fast as you can speak.  You will become more 
confident and relaxed as you practice.  You can speak or you can sing!  
Remember 1 Corinthians 14:15?  If you are having difficulty getting 
started, you can try thinking of it as speaking in a language which is 
unknown to you.  When I was a child, I was raised in the Roman Catholic 
Church.  At that time, the Sunday services were conducted in Latin.  I 
remember many times at night before going to sleep, I would pray.  My 
parents always reminded us to say our prayers before bed.  Sometimes, 
as I prayed quietly in English, I would switch into another language.  
At that time, I thought I was pretending to speak Latin just as the 
priest did in church.  Many years later, the Lord brought this to my 
remembrance, and I now know that I was actually speaking in tongues.  
Perhaps this illustration will help you as you begin to speak with 
tongues.  I guarantee you by God's Word that you will be speaking 
things which glorify Him.  

Luke 11:11-13
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he 
give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a 
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your 
children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit 
to them that ask him?

It is absolutely according to God's will for every Christian to speak 
with tongues.  It is an exciting and joyful experience and it enables 
God to work mighty works through you.  

John 4:23-24
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall 
worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such 
to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in 
spirit and in truth.

God desires that we worship him by way of the spirit which He gave us 
through Jesus Christ.  Many Christians are unaware of the joy and power 
which comes from speaking in tongues.  The devil has clouded this topic 
so that some even think it is unnecessary or even from satan.  As we 
have seen from the many scriptures presented here, to speak with 
tongues is a dimension of prayer which God only gave after Jesus 
completed his work of salvation and God raised him and set him down at 
His own right hand.  Until Christ returns to gather his church 
together, we have this and the other supernatural abilities given to 
us.  We must always remember to do everything with love in our hearts.  
Thus, when we speak with tongues, we do it with all meekness and love.

1 Corinthians 13:1
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not 
charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

With all of the instruction and encouragement of God's Word, you can 
relax, pray and thank God for the peace and confidence to speak with 
tongues.  When you do, you will be sharing in God's divine mysteries;  
you will be magnifying God;  you will be worshipping Him and you will 
be building yourself up so that you are strengthened with might in your 
spirit.  There is no need to wait any longer, now that you know what to 
do and how to do it.  Go to your comfortable place of prayer and thank 
God for energizing you.  Take deep breaths to relax yourself, and when 
you are calm, begin moving your mouth and tongue and throat; begin 
speaking in a language unknown to you.  Once you have done it, you will 
have the confidence to do it again and again!  

Ephesians 6:18
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and 
watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all 

Ephesians 5:18-19
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with 
the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, 
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

As you begin learning about the wonderful things which God has given 
you through the spirit, if you would like to contact me, please do not 
hesitate to do so.  I will do all that I am able to help you and God 
will help us as we learn together.  May God bless you and enlighten 
your understanding!  

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