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Class 8: Prayer that Prevails!


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Part 3: Tongues: what are they?

(This is part 3 of 9 parts in this class)


Tongues, as they are in prayer, are "groanings which cannot be uttered". They go beyond the range of human vocabulary to communicate audibly with God the Holy Spirit's intercession for us.

A tongue is an operation of the Holy Spirit. It is a marvellous endowment that comes to us by the Spirit when we are filled with the Spirit. Tongues wonderfully enable us to communicate with God the exact need or action required in any situation.


You and I, without the Holy Spirit, don't know what the exact need or required action is in any situation because we only perceive things that our physical senses make us aware of. For example, without the Holy Spirit we don't have any perception of the spiritual adversaries that may be arrayed against us.

We don't know what we should pray for as we ought because we don't see things as we ought. This is why we need the Spirit's intercession. The Holy Spirit by tongues makes intercession for us according to the will of God. The Holy Spirit knows exactly how to reach the mark where change for good can be effected.