Prayer Language And Tongues

Q. Your response to “Born Again Twice” mentions prayer language, i.e. speaking in tongues. I don’t get this whole tongues thing. I’ve never had a prayer language; and frankly after asking for it many times in an attempt to do all God would have me do, without receiving, I don’t believe it’s for every Christian otherwise God would have given me one. Do you believe every Christian must speak in tongues or have a prayer language?

A. First, I don’t believe a prayer language is the same as speaking in tongues. The prayer language doesn’t fit the Biblical descriptions of the gift of tongues given in Acts 2:4-11, and 1 Cor. 14:9, 13, 27-28. Second, I don’t believe it’s necessary for every believer to have either one. In fact that also runs contrary to Paul’s teaching on the subject (1 Cor. 12:11).

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