This is an important word for those who believe in tongues. If you don’t believe in them, or you believe they are not important, or that they are a gift for a chosen few, or that they’ve passed away and are no longer relevant for today, then this word is not for you. You can stop reading right here. But if you are under leadership who do not believe or speak or emphasize this supernatural language, you may want to consider getting out of the ditch your leadership has dug for you, especially if you are young and the better part of your life is still in front of you.

Let me start strong. Tongues was the making of such world changing ministries as John G. Lake, Oral Roberts, and Kenneth E. Hagin. Someone asked Lester Sumrall how often he prayed in tongues, which generated this terse respond: “When I’m not preaching.” The apostle Paul told the Corinthians that he prayed in tongues “more than all of them put together,” one translation says. Yet modern churches who seem to know better are departing from this sure way.

I travel to churches for a living so I see firsthand how much of a diminishing emphasis there is on praying in tongues these days. There is a marked difference between now and just 20-30 years ago. Even in the back room in pre-service prayer there seems to be less and less of praying in tongues. And singing in tongues is even rarer and almost unheard of. More and more Christians seem to be uncomfortable and unfamiliar with this realm. This neglect is hurting the Church. This de-emphasis is diminishing her power and effectiveness. And this is exactly what the devil wants.

The use, value, and scope of tongues is so vast that it is difficult to sometimes put into words. If we are not careful some of these things will fade away in this new generation. I’m seeing it. There are certain elements of prayer, for example, that will be lost to our youth if those who are older and more experienced in these areas fail to pass them on.

There is a book in my library I often refer to. It is called, Tongues: Beyond The Upper Room, by the late Kenneth E. Hagin. Every believer should have that book. Every church should teach thoroughly from it. Every minister should read it regularly. There are certain men of old like Hagin and many others who were sent by God with light from heaven for their generation. The challenge with each new generation is to keep the light these men brought to us from the Holy Ghost. There is a new church methodology that is making it easier to lose this light. There is new ministry philosophy that is content to let it slip away because according to their wisdom, it doesn’t bring in the numbers or the big bucks.

In the aforementioned book, there are some mind-blowing testimonies of the miracle working power of God that was manifested through those who strongly believed and practiced praying in tongues. One testimony is told of one Brother Boley, a missionary to Africa. He would travel by sail boat to some primitive islands to preach the gospel to unreached tribes. One night on his return to the mainland a storm arose at sea. This was at the turn of the 20th century when they had not light or navigation equipment.

The storm was so bad that they reached a point of two choices. They could stay out at sea and be swallowed up by the turbulent waves, or direct the boat toward shore through the coral reef, where in all likelihood it would be smashed to pieces. Either way, barring a miracle, there would be loss of life to all on the boat.

Unbeknownst to Brother Boley, one of his helpers back at the mission station on the mainland, had a burden to pray that night. Not knowing the situation or even quite what she was sensing, she prayed in tongues for about two hours. Then the burden lifted and she had a note of victory that the answer had come. The Old Pentecostals called this “praying through” – something so few Christians know anything about today. This is one of the elements modern Charismatics are losing.

Kenneth E. Hagin heard Brother Boley in person share this testimony, or else I would’ve had a hard time believing it myself. Around the same time that the burden of prayer lifted off this woman the boat took off in the air like an airplane and sailed over the dangerous reef and landed in the harbor where the waters were calm and peaceful. There was much rejoicing and not a life was lost.

Why are we not seeing and hearing more testimonies like this today? It’s simple. Because we are not praying very much in other tongues. The next wave of God’s Spirit is dependent on the prayers of God’s people. Ministers who know and have experience in these areas need to teach more on the Holy Ghost and prayer, and then demonstrate some of it to the people. The Lord told Kenneth E. Hagin that the greatest move of God would come through the combination of the solid foundation of the Word that’s been built over the last few decades and the power of the Holy Ghost that will be manifested as we learn to enter into this deeper realm of prayer.

Here is a powerful quote from Hagin in the book I referred to here:

“Oh yes, we’ve seen the power of the Holy Ghost in a limited fashion, but a wave is coming that will bring His power on a higher level and in a far greater measure than we have ever seen before. I can see that wave out yonder in the deep waters. It’s coming!

“Don’t stay on the old wave of yesterday’s move of the Spirit. Swim out to the deep waters of the Spirit realm by praying in the Holy Ghost , and get on the next wave of God’s purposes for this hour. Then keep on praying so you can ride that new wave as it builds in divine power and glory.

“I’m convinced the wave that is coming will be twice as high as the healing wave, the Charismatic wave, or the faith wave. In fact, it will be twice as high as all of them put together! I believe it is going to be the wave that sweeps us right on into the shores of the Glory World!”

It is surely not a time to back off from the Holy Ghost and praying in tongues. Instead, it time to double up and triple up in praying in other tongues so that we can see our mighty God display His great power in this gross time of darkness in the earth.




  1. Thank you brother Bert.

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  2. Have been preaching on this very thing in my latest series, “Spirit-filled Living” It’s time to fan the flames with tongues of fire!


      • I will agree with you in prayer,,, may Abba Father send forth a baptism of fire upon all believers, burn away any chaff, and ignite the flames of true revival in these last days, for His glory, and may every true shepherd of God’s people be filled to overflowing, especially annointed, may the Father build and keep His hedge of protection around every believer, especially the good shepherds, give His angels charge over us and deliver us from evil, and may the snares of the enemy come to naught and the Holy Spirit poured out in a massive outpouring, coast to coast and border to border of our country, spreading to the world! May Jesus be high and lifted up before the world, all glory and honor and praise to God! In Jesus name, amen!!!

  3. AMEN Brother!Thank you once again for the conformation! I believe the Holy Spirit Himself is calling many of us to pray more in the Spirit; readying us for the times to come.www.drandmrsthey.com

  4. Thank you Bert for this confirmation. So thankful for my Christian family with all their respective giftings from the Lord. Will be praying for that fire you request and will watch the show. God bless you!

  5. That may be true, but perhaps its not so much that Pentecostals/Charismatics are not praying in tongues enough, the ones I associate with pray in tongues a great deal, but perhaps the root of the problem is something you mentioned in your article that I’m guilty of and I’m sure many others are as well. That’s “praying through” as you stated, “Not knowing the situation or even quite what she was sensing, she prayed in tongues for about two hours. Then the burden lifted and she had a note of victory that the answer had come.” How many of us that pray in tongues actually pray until we feel the release? We have a microwave mentality and think walking around the room and praying in tongues for 30 seconds gets the job done. I know I’ve thought that. But how often do we take the time to experience that “note of victory that the answer had come” type of release? I think that is the main issue, IMHO.

    • A very valid point, Reggie! I agree. But if a believer is not comfortable in using his devotional tongue for edification – if it’s not second nature to him, I doubt he will step into the intercessory type of “praying through”. So it all starts with stewarding your private devotional use of tongues. But I hear you on the other, too. It’s both and MORE. Blessings and thanks for your comments.

  6. I agree with just about everything in this post. I am Spirit Filled and I pray in tongues. What I don’t understand is why there is such an emphasis on speaking in tongues out load and in church. I don’t see from the scriptures that the prayer language is for anything other than the person speaking. Like I said, I agree with this post and believe the prophetic message. I know the power of tongues. I do not see where there is more power in projecting your voice throughout a congregation than speaking softly. I pray tongues in church and during worship. I do not project my voice so that everyone can hear and see no need. I believe the apostle Paul saw this as a distraction in the early church as well. Any ideas on this?

    • You are right. There is no benefit to others in raising your voice in tongues to be heard in a congregation unless it is interpreted. However, we can all raise our voices in unison to praise and worship God in tongues. That would be just fine. God is concerned with our edification. When anyone prays in tongues he is edified personally, but the other is not unless the tongue is interpreted. That was Paul’s entire point in 1 Cor. 14.

  7. Brother Bert I watched you on Sid Roth which directed me to your blog postings. I wanted to know more about you after Sid Roth and here I am.

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