I would be interested in having a discussion with as many people who would like to participate about their understanding and experiences of speaking in tongues.
I suspect that to a degree my understanding of ‘tongues’ is a bit scewed because of ‘religious’ teaching from the past. I was saved in a Pentecostal church and one of the first teachings I had was that I had to pray for 1 hour every day and pray in tongues for 20mins. Being a very obedient person and wanting to do everything I could to please God, I stuck to this routine for years, hating every moment of it, but being obedient.
I have since been set free from all the religious rules that were enforced on me and am enjoying a pleasurable time of being in God’s presence each day and speaking in tongues as I feel to. However the thing that I still struggle with is that when I am speaking in tongues my mind goes on to other things. I can be thinking of a multitude of different things while I let the Holy Spirit speak truth to the Father through me. I did hear someone say once that if your mind is not completely on God and what the Holy Spirit is doing as you speak in tongues that your tongues are useless. That has always bothered me.
I can’t find anything in the Bible to give clearer direction as to what our minds should be doing while speaking in tongues. So I would like to hear from others who use their gift of tongues as to what you feel about it and how you experience the wandering of your mind while doing it. And thanks for the opportunity to be able to have a good discussion in this community.