Monday, September 27, 2010

Nic and Ethan Speaks in Tongues

Nic and Ethan Speak in Tongues

...or at least they had a go at it. The boys often hear me pray in tongues in the car more often because they are quite hyper and when they fight it can get pretty ugly. When I try to mediate and it doesn't work, it turns to shouts and then I get angry. It gets stressful and so I break out in tongues for my sanity. It's my way of asking God for help, spirit to spirit. Last week, Nic heard me praying in tongues in the car and he heard familiar words like my previous maid's name! "Suniah". I don't think I said it but he heard it. So I asked Nic "Do you want  to speak in tongues" and he said "yes". At least, it is easier for a child to receive the gift than an adult who have heard certain doctrines about this gift. I don't have the answers to all the disagreements and Henry's friend was amused that we still ask questions about it because he thought most of us have agreed to disagree.

Well questions aside, praying in tongues have helped me draw near to God and I am blessed with this gift once I was opened to receive it. It started with trying to reach 5 minutes and then trying to go beyond 20 minutes. It starts with a desire to speak in tongues unless God just zaps you the gift but more often than not we have to open our mouth to speak it.

Mark 16: 15-17
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 

So, I told Nic that if he wanted to speak in tongues he will have to say a prayer and repeat after me, "Holy spirit, come into me, help me speak in tongues. In jesus' name i pray". I think it is a simple prayer to invite the holy spirit for the gift of tongues. Then I said "Open your mouth and babble, think of Jesus. Let the holy spirit give you the words and don't copy mummy's words". He started to speak and was doing quite well. At least it sounded right! After a few seconds, I asked him again "Are you still thinking of Jesus" and he replied "yes". I did this over a few times until suddenly I heard "kakak Suniah" and "kakak Sadiah". Roll eyes. I quickly told him to stop because he was playing a fool. Then, Ethan wanted to speak in tongues too and he was serious. So he repeated the prayer after me, opened his mouth and spoke. I checked on him every few seconds whether he was still thinking of Jesus and he was just doing fine. 

I think that night they understood the holy spirit a little better. So far Nic understands that the holy spirit can prompt him to do what is right and He can also reveal things that we do not know. Last Saturday, Henry told Nic to pass to his teacher a boys brigade cap that was found lying on the floor. That night, the holy spirit must have prompted Henry because he sensed Nic did not do what was asked of him.  Henry acted out the possibility that Nic just flinched at the cap and dropped it on the floor again but Nic confessed that he dropped it in someone else's bag because he was too afraid to look for the teacher and there was no teacher around as well at that time. 

I told him in future to tell us honestly before we ask him as the holy spirit helps reveals things to us parents even though we are not there with him! And Henry also explained to Nic what he should have done. That was really an eye opener for me as well and I learned how the holy spirit can guide us in parenting as well if we allow Him.


  1. always blessed when i read your blog Liz

  2. Thanks uncle Allen! U have been a great inspiration for me. :)