The "faith" of Speaking In Tongues.
Before I start this thread, I want to let you all know that I go to a pentacostal church where they speak in tongues. Every once in a while, after the worship, someone in the congregation will speak out in tongues then everyone will wait until someone "gives the interpretation". I've never spoke in tongues, and don't really seek it.
Now, to the question. This past Wednesday, the speaker spoke on "baptism in the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues". He spoke of how it was a supernatural thing to help people witness. But then he said that the act of speaking in tongues is a "step of faith. When you don't know what to pray for, your spirit will know and speaking in tongues is the language of the spirit." . . . .Something along those lines.
Now, I began to think, if something is by definition "supernatural", would there really be the necessity of "faith"? Supernatural is something that is beyond us, beyond our senses, beyond our knowledge many times. However, as the speaker spoke, he said "if you think it is you doing the talking, then you're doing it right. You have to have faith that the 'funny words' you speak is your spirit praying." I thought to myself, if I am formulating incomprehensible syllables from my mouth and having faith that it is my spirit praying, then where does the "supernatural" come into play there, and of what value does the speaking in tongues actually have? I've never really quite got the idea behind all of it.
My final thought on this was, how does my spirit somehow know how to pray when my brain apparently doesn't, . . . . as if the spirit has it's own way of "thought" that my mind isn't in touch with? It doesn't really make sense to me, . . and then when you throw in the notion of speaking words that are unintelligable, you are speaking some "spirit language" that your spirit knows?
All of this to say (bottom line) . . . . . even though I've been raised in churches that speak in tongues, I have to say that I just don't comprehend it all.
"Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life." Philippians 4:6-7 (The Message)