The first time that I heard of prayer talking in tongues was in
2005. I was looking to purchase a car. I encountered a Pastor;
who was selling a car. The car was not to my liking; however, we
had a conversation regarding God.
He told me that speaking in tongues is an easier way to talk with
"Where did you learn it.?" I asked.
He said that speaking in tongues is a gift only given by the Holy
Spirit, and whoever wants it, may receive it. You only need to
request it from the Holy Spirit. I asked him if he could pray in
tongues for me. I was curious to know about it, and how it would
He closed his eyes and started speaking in his own language (of
course in English). Then soon spoke in tongues. He did not
pronounce a complete sentence nor understandable words. He spit
out sounds not comprehensible. I tried to understand him, but I
could not decipher words or phrases.
The following days my curiosity about prayer in tongues was
enormous. I researched speaking in tongues through the
internet, Bible, friends, and people I know that spend a lot of
time in churches. Yet no one was able to teach me how to speak in
After many attempts, I quit in my desire of speaking in tongues.
A little over one year later, I contacted a friend of mine from
my own town, Acapulco, Mexico. We spoke about several issues.
Speaking about God was one of those topics. I realize he has the
gift of prayer in tongues. I spent hours over the phone talking
with my friend about so many interesting matters. I tried to
absorb all information regarding his experiences of how he
received the gift of speaking in tongues. However, I still did
not understand it. My friend told me.
"Look, David, you could never understand the mysteries of
God. If you cannot speak it, it is because the Holy Spirit does
not want to give you that specific gift. But, he may want to give
you other gifts. You may not have asked him properly. The most
important thing, you must ask the Holy Spirit with
My friend was right I never asked the Holy Spirit for the gift of
speaking in tongues. I just tried to imitate the Pastor. Two
years after meeting the Pastor, I felt the need to pray in that
strange language called The Language of the Holy Spirit.
I recalled that I started with this sentence:
"Holy Spirit, I offer you my body to fill it up with your
I open my heart to let you come inside;
I offer you my mouth and thoughts to talk for me."
Soon after, I started to speak prayer in tongues. I did not
understand what I was talking about, but I was consciously moving
my tongue. Suddenly, I wept like a baby and could not stop. In my
mind, I desired stopping, yet in my heart, I sensed a feeling of
joyfulness. I often closed my eyes and seen a red light flashing
across my mind. I cried repeatedly.
When I finished praying, what seemed like only five minutes. In
fact, I had prayed over one hour. Most of that time, I had wept.
Having cried made me feel better.
From that time on, I like to pray in tongues at least 2 minutes
every day. I also have learned that when you prayer in tongues
for yourself, you reach a personal spiritual development. I sense
that all my prayers are being listened. I have not doubt about
Upon receiving the gift of speaking in tongues, I wondered how I
could use it on behalf of other.I was concerned. I had many
questions and no answers.
Days later, I met a catholic priest, who also has the gift of
speaking in tongues. I asked him, why does praying in tongues
make me happy, but at the same time, it makes me cry? He told me
that the Holy Spirit was working on me, and he explained it to
"You figure out that your body is a washer machine, where you
load the soiled linen. The dirty linens are your sins. The Holy
Spirit becomes the detergent and bleach. These clean your
clothing." He said. "On the same way." He
added, "Your body was loaded with your sins, fears, grieves,
and doubts. When you prayed in tongues, you received the Holy
Spirit, who was cleaning up of your entire heavy load."
On the following days, speaking in tongues was a need. Now my
desire is to use my gift on behalf of people. Therefore, I
wondered how to go about it.
One night I drove from Salem to Redmond, Oregon for a business
matter. A friend of mine was my companion. The car stereo was on,
but in certain areas of the road, the frequency was being
interrupted. Therefore, I decided to turn off the radio. For
miles, we were the only drivers on the road.At that time, I
wanted to pray in tongues, even though I knew my friend would not
understand a word that I was saying.
After praying in tongues for about 45 minutes, I noticed my
friend wept like a baby.
"Cry is good and I am happy for you," I told him, "You should be
happy, because the Holy Spirit has touched you."
Later, he confessed to me that when I started to pray in tongues,
he thought I was joking.He asked me if I could pray in tongues
for his sick mother for God to heal her.
"What is your mom's problem? I asked.
He said that the doctors did not know what the problem was. Her
veins were so skinny that was necessary feeding her by tubes, and
she could need a surgery.
"Do you believe that the Holy Spirit is capable of healing your
mother?" I asked him.
"Only God can heal her," he answered.
"The Holy Spirit is God. Jesus is God. The Holy Father is God." I
replied. "But there is only one God. These three persons work
like a team. Nothing goes to God directly, rather through Jesus,
God's son. However, the Holy Spirit is who makes the miracles." I
added. "Let me pray for your mother. I will pray for 77 days for
During the time I was praying for her, I sensed a heavy
environment around me. I was tired and bored of praying. This
happened four times during the period of the seventy-seven days
and I did not know why. Nevertheless, I while was praying one of
those days, a received a message from the Holy Spirit. It was a
vision, this happened.
I saw a door house, someone had knocked over and over, but no
body opened the door. I immediately understood that the Holy
Spirit had visited to my friend's mother, but she refused to
accept Him. Then, I contacted to my friend and I told him about
"Your mother is not sick. She is very sad and feeling alone.
However, she refuses to accept to the Holy Spirit" I told him.
I strongly encouraged him to talk with her mother about it; she
needed getting a confession and repentance of her sins; but the
most important thing, she should accept to the Holy Spirit.
Days before to accomplish the round of prayer in tongues, my
friend called me to let me know that his mother had discharged
from the Hospital. The surgery was not necessary.