Do All Speak with Tongues?
Paul questions if all people have the gift of tongues in 1 Corinthians 12:30, “Do all speak with tongues?” His answer infers the answer is “no!” However two verses earlier he says he is speaking about gifts “in the church.” There are different types of tongues. Two types are the public gift in the church and the private devotional tongues.
Paul made it clear it was God’s desire for all believers to speak in tongues in 1 Corinthians 14:5, “I wish you all spoke with tongues…” He is referring to the private prayer language. There are five cases in the Book of Acts of people being baptized in the Holy Spirit. Four spoke in tongues and the last case in Acts 8:18, says the others “saw” something. What did they see and hear? I believe it was tongues!
I have personally prayed for thousands of believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and pray in tongues. Why do most believers not speak in tongues when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit? The catch 22 is they are waiting on God to speak and God is waiting on them. You do the speaking and God gives the supernatural language.