Praying and reading the word of God go hand in hand. When praying in understanding, it is easy to incorporate the word of God in the prayers but the same can’t be said for praying in tongues.
By praying in tongues, you give up control of the content of your prayer to the Holy Spirit. So, how are we supposed to go about incorporating the word of God when praying in tongues?
The Two Approaches to Incorporate the Word of God when Speaking in Tongues
1. Speaking in Tongues while Reading the Word of God
There are times when you can speak in tongues while reading the word. I have done this a number of times and it works perfectly.
Usually, I start by speaking in tongues to soak in the spirit and then I start reading the bible. I know it can be challenging for some people to concentrate on the word while speaking in tongues but there is a way around it.
What works well for me is to read a few scriptures and then speak in tongues so that the scriptures come to life.
If I am feeling low and I need motivation, I will read motivating scriptures as I speak in tongues in between.
There was a time I couldn’t get enough of the book of Job. At that time, my situation was similar to that of Job; nobody was understanding my point of view.
I felt the book of Job was addressing exactly how I felt and that is why I kept reading it. As I would read it, I would feel understood and great joy would come over me.
With that great joy, also came the desire to speak in tongues. I would read a few verses, feel great joy and then I would speak in tongues to thank God.
Other times I read verses and speak in tongues for God to give me understanding. It works perfectly!
The word of God is deep. The more the hunger you have, the more you will understand. By speaking in tongues while reading the scriptures, the Holy Spirit will open your eyes of understanding.
It is the same thing that happened between Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. The Ethiopian eunuch could not understand what the Prophet Isaiah wrote but Phillip, who had the Holy Spirit, explained to him what the scriptures were talking about.
If you have never tried speaking in tongues in the middle of reading scriptures, try it.
2. Speaking in Tongues while Meditating on the Word of God
The other way to incorporate the word of God when you are speaking in tongues is by meditating on it while praying in tongues.
We know from the word of God that our minds are usually idle when we are speaking in tongues. In fact, staying focused while speaking in tongues is a difficult challenge.
Many times our minds will wander into carnal thoughts when we are speaking in tongues and that is because we feed a lot on carnal things.
To make it easier for our minds to stay focused when we are praying in tongues, we are supposed to meditate on the word of God.
The best way to go about this is by reading the word of God prior to speaking in tongues. Anytime I have spoken in tongues after reading the word of God, I found it easy to think about the scriptures I had just read.
Sometimes I don’t remember exact scriptures but I meditate on the general story. My favorite portion is that of the crucifixion of Jesus.
Anytime I struggle to keep my mind orderly when speaking in tongues, I start visualizing Jesus silently carrying the cross to Golgotha. The emotional impact of visualizing Jesus on the cross drives me to pray in tongues harder.
This is one of the tips that enable me to pray in tongues for long. When I feel discouraged to continue, I scroll through my mind to find the portion of scripture that matches what I want.
There was a time I was feeling very low but I needed to speak in tongues. I had many issues going on in my life.
When I went to pray in tongues, I was feeling very discouraged. But then I began reciting in my mind the portion of scripture that David wrote that says ‘A day spent in the house of the Lord is better than a thousand elsewhere’.
With that scripture, I convinced myself that though I felt discouraged to speak in tongues, it was the right thing to do. I knew by speaking in tongues I would draw closer to God and His presence would overshadow my problems.
Praying in Tongues and Meditating on the Word of God is Challenging
It is easy to say you will meditate on the word when speaking in tongues but doing it is not easy. It takes practice to master it.
Many times I have forgotten to meditate on the word while speaking in tongues. Usually, I remember to do it when I am struggling to focus but when I don’t have focus issues, I forget.
When it comes to reading the word of God and speaking in tongues, I struggle to do it consistently. Most of the time I listen to the audio Bible and I am just lazy to speak in tongues.
I am also the kind of person who prefers to do one thing to completion before starting another. Sometimes I get a prompt from the Holy Spirit to speak in tongues while reading the word but I choose to wait until I am done reading the Word for me to start speaking in tongues.
In some cases, by the time I am done reading the word, the strong urge to speak in tongues is gone.
But despite the challenges that come with incorporating the word in speaking in tongues, we have to do it. Speaking in tongues gives life to the word that we read.
The word is our map and speaking in tongues is the motion. If we have the map, we will know where to go but if we don’t move, we will never get there.
It comes down to our discipline and how close we want to be with God. Let’s not get tired of working to incorporate the word of God when we are speaking in tongues.