14. The species of tongues, are incessantly manifested.
From the moment that the Holy Spirit begins to speak within the heart of the Christian, It preserves inside him a constant, incessant prayer:
"instead, be filled with the Spirit, saying (λαλούντες) to yourselves Psalms and hymns and spiritual odes, singing and chanting in your heart to the Lord, always thanking Him, for everything......" [Ephesians 5:18-20]
"Praying in the Spirit..." [Ephesians 6:19]
"...pray incessantly,.... thanking Him in everything... do not extinguish the Spirit, do not exhaust prophesy (προφητείας)..." [1 Thessalonians 5:16-21]
That is the reason why in the Orthodox Church the "speaking in tongues" is called not only "the prayer of the heart", but also "incessant prayer".
Article published in English on: 24-5-2010.
Last update: 24-5-2010.