The AMI QT Devotionals for March 28-April 2 are provided by Doug Tritton. Doug, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, is currently serving as a staff at Symphony Church (Boston) while pursuing a M.Div. at Gordon Conwell Seminary. He is married to Cindy and they are proud parents of Audrey.
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT FOR TODAY
“All Can Speak in Tongues”
1 Corinthians 14:1-5
1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. 4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. 5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.
Today’s Bible passage is the same as yesterday’s, but we will focus on the gift of tongues. (If you did not read yesterday’s devotional, I encourage you to do so before reading today’s.)
Yesterday, I mentioned that prophecy is speaking about what is going on in the heavenly realm. God is always at work, so heaven is a busy place! We often do not see what is going on, what God is doing around us, but there is a spiritual realm where God and His angels are working.
So, then, what is tongues? Well, tongues is in essence praying according to what is going on in the heavenly realm. This passage says that while praying in tongues, a person “speaks not to men but to God” (v.2). Only God hears these prayers, these “mysteries in the Spirit.” Though we may not know what we are praying, still, individually, we are built up by speaking in tongues (v.4).
But, as Paul encourages, we should not be satisfied with tongues alone: “Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret” (1 Cor. 14:13). When we can interpret tongues, that becomes prophecy, because through interpretation, the spiritual realities that are being prayed over are opened to the church, so that everyone can see what is happening in the spiritual realm.
Do you speak in tongues? Today, let’s ask God for the gift of interpretation. If you do not speak in tongues, do not be afraid to ask God for this gift. As Paul said, he wants “all to speak in tongues” (v.4)—that includes us!
Prayer: Lord, thank You that you open up the heavens to us through tongues and prophecy. Help us to continue to desire these gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. Lord, we want to build up Your church and You give us these gifts for that purpose. Help us to desire what You desire for us. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Matthew 21