How to Receive Baptism in the Holy Spirit
John 14:12, 16-17, 26
John 16:7, 12--15
Acts 1:4, 5, 8
Acts 9:17 & 1 Corinthians 14:18
1 Corinthians 14:14, 15
The new language of the Holy Spirit is not meant to be understood by the speaker (1 Corinthians 14:14). God understands everything which the Holy Spirit helps believers to pray this way. Prayers in the Holy Spirit's language are perfect prayers because the Holy Spirit knows exactly what the recipient needs (1 Corinthians 14:15-17). He is not limited by our vocabulary, understanding, or desire for ...view middle of the document...
But you could pray for these things aloud by the Holy Spirit in a language no one understands and there would be no embarrassment for you or the recipients.
When a person receives a new language upon receiving the Holy Spirit, that is the SIGN of tongues, not the GIFT of tongues. The person with the sign of tongues has one language (Mark 16:17; 1 Corinthians 14:22). It is used when we speak to God, usually used in prayer, praise, and worship (Jude 20). God needs no interpretation. But the gift of tongues occurs when God speaks to the assembly (1 Corinthians 14:26). The person with that gift will have several languages (1 Corinthians 14:10). Not all Christians have that gift (1 Corinthians 14:30). That gift is accompanied with the gift of interpretation (1 Corinthians 12:10). When used together, they accomplish the same thing as a prophecy to the assembly, except it takes two steps, while prophesy only requires one step (1 Corinthians 14:5).
When a message is given in a tongue as a gift to the assembly, a pause should be allowed afterward for a person with the gift of interpretation to begin. If there is no interpretation immediately, that same message may be repeated up to three times. Yet after three attempts, if no interpretation comes, then the speaker should refrain, and allow prophesy to move alone for that service (1 Corinthians 14:27-28). Both are valid gifts and the person who is truly spiritual will not belittle or discourage any gift which the Holy Spirit gives to us (1 Corinthians 14:37-39). Rather, room should be allowed in most services for those being stirring by the Holy Spirit to use their vocal gifts (1 Corinthians 14:26).