16 Scriptures About Praying in Tongues
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16 Scriptures About Speaking in Tongues

If praying in tongues hasn’t been a regular part of your fellowship with God, you’re missing out! There is so much power found in praying in tongues, not to mention answers to any question you have, access to inside information, and a spiritual strengthening like no other. If you’re still learning about the power of praying in tongues or would like to renew your mind to its truth, we’re sharing 16 Scriptures About Praying in Tongues sure to inspire you to spend time praying today!


1. Acts 2:4

“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (NKJV)

2. 1 Corinthians 14:2

“For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” (NKJV)

3. 1 Corinthians 14:4 

“He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself.” (NKJV)

4. Romans 8:26

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (NKJV)

5. Romans 8:27

“The Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” (NIV)

6. 1 Corinthians 14:2

“For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding].” (AMPC)

7. 1 Corinthians 14:13

“Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.” (KJV)

8. 1 Thessalonians 5:23

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NKJV)

9. Jude 20

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.” (NKJV) 

10. 1 Corinthians 14:14 

“For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.” (KJV)

11. 1 Corinthians 14: 15, 17

“I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding…. For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.” (NKJV)

12. Mark 16:17

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast  out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.” (KJV)

13. 1 Corinthians 14:18 

“I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.” (KJV)

14. Acts 10:44-46

“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.” (NIV)

15. Acts 19:1-6 

“While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’ 
“They answered, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’ 
“So Paul asked, ‘Then what baptism did you receive?’
“‘John’s baptism,’ they replied.
“Paul said, ‘John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.’ On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.” (NIV)

16. John 16:13

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” (NKJV) 


When you take the time to study the Word and its emphasis on the power of praying in tongues, you’ll build your faith to move into times of this special fellowship with the Lord. You are never alone, and you are never without answers. Set aside time to pray in tongues—it can even be in your car, while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store—anywhere. The more time you spend with Him, the more powerful your victories!


Watch Kenneth Copeland teach you why praying in tongues prepares you for your future.

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