By Patrick Hawthorne
Today I bring you Part 4 in the series “Tongues…The Misunderstood Language.” For Parts 1 through 3 please click on the following links.
For this last post, I will briefly share how I came to speak in Tongues. For those who are leery, suspicious, doubtful, or any other synonym you can think of to question whether Tongues are for today, my hope – following this series – is that you will find that this heavenly language is not anything to be fearful or doubtful of.
It was several years ago when I began to speak with other Tongues. I was in my home, alone, praying and listening to worship music. For a little background… I had been one who was raised in a Baptist church, went through the faith movement of the 70’s, dabbled in Catholicism for a couple of months, went a couple of times to a Pentecostal church, became a member of a Missionary Baptist church, and lastly ended up in a non-denominational charismatic church where I am still to this day. To say that I was confused was an understatement.
I don’t remember much about my prayer session that day. I think it went something along the lines of, “Lord, I would like to pray in Tongues, please.” Just between us, I’ve never been known for praying King James prayers.
As I prayed and worshiped my Lord, I felt something begin to form in the region of my belly. It is difficult to explain but it is as if I were hearing sounds that were not coming from my head but from within me. By faith, I opened my mouth and began to speak the sounds that had formed within me. Next thing you know, I’m speaking in Tongues. It was that simple. Suddenly John 7:38-39 made complete sense.
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.) John 7:38-39 (KJV)
I have been speaking in other Tongues for approximately twenty years now. I really cannot imagine my prayer life without it because the more I pray, the greater my faith. It really is that simple. With that, I have only one thing left to write on this subject and that is for you to, “Be blessed.”