To experience the power these articles promise for your life, you must actually be filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18). When you do, you will be able to speak in tongues. Here’s how you can have this experience:
1. REALIZE THIS A GIFT FOR EVERY BELIEVER!
Peter said of the promised gift of the Holy Spirit (See Acts 1:8), “Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He (Jesus) has poured forth this which you both see and hear . . .
For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself” (Acts 2:33, 39).
The promised gift of the Holy Spirit is for anyone who has come to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. You can be absolutely confident God wants you to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and speak with tongues.
2. ASK GOD.FOR THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!
Jesus said, “And I say to you, ask, and it shall be given to you . . . For everyone who asks receives; . . . Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? Or if he asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” (Luke 11:9-13).
Paul asked the Galatian believers, “Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?” Just as you received Jesus as Lord and Savior, you receive the Holy Spirit by “hearing with faith.”
God’s word says to receive the Holy Spirit we only have to ask God, the Father for it. When you hear that, and believe it, you will ask for the Holy Spirit. Have you asked God for the Holy Spirit? If not, pray this prayer right now:
“Father, I thank you that you’ve told me that I can ask you for the Holy Spirit, and you will give Him to me. I ask you, Father God, please give me the Holy Spirit so I can have the power I need to live for you. I ask this in the name of Your Son and my Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen!”
3. BELIEVE YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT!
I John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”
There is only one contingency in this formula: Is what you are asking for God’s will? God commands us to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18), and God doesn’t command anything that isn’t His will! Therefore: it is His will for you to receive the Holy Spirit and speak with tongues! (See I Cor. 14:5 and Eph. 6: 18 – the expression ‘in the Spirit’ when it refers to speaking, praying, singing, etc. means ‘with tongues.’ See I Cor. 14:15.)