The Pentecost one has already been addressed so no questions there.
I do have questions on the prayer language you mention, can you quote the Scripture that speaks of this?
I Cor. 14:
2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.
14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?
17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
Here, Paul i addressing prayer in tongues. He recognizes that if one prays in an unknown tongue, which was happening, one cannot understand it. If you pray in tongues in church, there should be in interpreter. If there is no interpreter, then it is for private use and not for use in the church until one can interpret.
In verse 2, he is referring to one praying to God in tongues, in a language that no man can understand.
Romans 8 seems to indicate prayer in tongues:
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
It seems to me, that reading I Corinthians 14 and the account in Acts, there are two different things. First, there is the tongues in Acts, where people heard in their own language. Second, it is prayer and praise to God by God's spirit working through an individual in an unknown language. IF there is no interpreter for this prayer, then the person should remain silent. If there is an interpreter, then it may be interpreted so that all may join in the prayer and praise.
Anyway, I do not speak in tongues. I have never been in a church where people do so publicly, but I know a number of people who do so privately in their prayer life (the only reason I know this is because I have discussed what the gift of tongues means today with them, and they shared with me).
Edit: I really think churches have gone too far in rejecting tongues as a gift, or making it too much a part of their worship and placing too much emphasis on this gift. Charismatics go too far one way in elevating this gift above all others (which is what Paul is warning about in Corinthians...do not elevate gifts). Other denominations have gone too farm in rejecting the gift. I've never seen so much emphasis placed on the gifts of hospitality, in accepting or rejecting it. God gives gifts as he sees fit. When they are exercised and used in a way to build up the church, that is a wonderful thing. When they are used to bring attention to an individual, that is a misuse.
Edited by kindofblue1977, 20 May 2013 - 10:15 AM.