How Praying In Tongues Is Helping Becky in the Loss of Her Grandson

Praying in Tongues is one of the 12 prayer types I cover in “Made To Pray.” It’s also probably the most controversial.

When I was writing the book, I was told by an industry expert that publishers and bookstores would reject it because tongues was in it. Some have and some will. But I decided to include tongues anyway because I believe it’s as valid a prayer type as say, praise or petition. No one would dream of removing those.

Plus the Apostle Paul wrote, “I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you” (1 Corinthians 14:18). If it was good enough for Paul, shouldn’t it be good enough for us?

There’s a lot of confusion about tongues.

One of the most popular articles on my website is “Ten Myths About Speaking in Tongues.” Web searches are done almost daily on the topic. When I’ve spoken on the subject of tongues in churches, there’s a wave of bewilderment when I say there are three types of tongues in the New Testament.

Well, we can’t cover everything about tongues, but here’s a start.

In this video interview, I talk with Becky Spencer about how praying in tongues is helping her in the tragic loss of her grandson, Honor.

We cover these questions:

  1. How is praying in tongues helping you in this challenging season?
  2. When did you start praying in tongues?
  3. Why do you think this type of prayer is so controversial?

If you’d like to learn more about tongues, I encourage you to order Made To Pray.

What do you think about praying in tongues? You can comment by clicking here.

About Becky Spencer

Becky is a homeschooling mom of eight kids, wife of husband Tracy of 36 years, author, speaker, worship leader, and co-founder of Grand Staff Ministries, which ministers to children in Swaziland, Africa.

Her books are “When Prince Charming Falls off His Horse…and you’ve become his nag,” “Leapin’ Lizards…another other leaps of faith,” and “Bigger than Me: Finding a Strong Enough Reason to Eat Right for Life.” Her musical albums are “Empty” and “Tears of a Clown.”

Learn more about Becky’s ministry, books, and music at

Chris Heinz is the Founder and CEO of Munyay, which creates coaching tools to help you love your life and work. He's also the Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc. and is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, a Certified Professional Life Coach, and a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach. Chris enjoys coaching people, writing, and speaking on the topics of engagement, coaching, and strengths. He blogs often at

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5 thoughts on “How Praying In Tongues Is Helping Becky in the Loss of Her Grandson

  1. What a great interview! Hope in the midst of anguish — a great lesson. The interview’s theme reminds me of, not the first time I prayed in tongues, but the first time I appreciated its worth and power and grace. We had lost our first baby; then came Heather, 10 weeks early. When Nancy was carrying Ted, in the hospital for tests, she went into premature labor. I drove through the night from Weston to Norwalk Hospital (CT), praying every mile. But I was getting all messed up: “Uh, I just prayed that,” and “Oh, what a stupid way to phrase that,” as if God cared. Then, having read about and tentatively experienced the Prayer Language, I opened my spirit and the Holy Ghost groaned for me, and the language of angels took over. My spirit prayed… directly to God, who communed, all as the Spirit gave utterance.

  2. My empathy and love go out to Becky in the loss her her precious grandson. I can relate to what she is sharing. A friend encouraged me to pray in my prayer language more consistently for strength well. As now after losing my 25 year old daughter, we are slowly losing my mother. She just began hospice care. It’s hard to know, impossible actually, when her time is going to come. Yet challenging, difficult, heart breaking, exhausting all fit how we are feeling. Thank you for posting this.

  3. Hey Chris! Thanks so much for addressing this controversial topic! I was baptized in the Holy Spirit when I was in 8th grade and grew up having my mother and grandmother pray in tongues oftentimes over me. I love being able to pray in a language that I believe the enemy doesn’t understand. I get paranoid about demons using my words to ensnare me with temptation, and so praying in tongues makes me feel safe. I don’t pray in tongues as much as I wish, because I’m not surrounded by people who speak in tongues. It is like a musical gift – when I’m around others who are exercising their musical gifts, mine seem to be activated as well. Hope that makes sense.

  4. Hi, Chris. I’m glad you sent this e-mail; it’s good to talk about speaking in tongues. In January, I purchased a book at the IHOP conference in Missouri called The Glory Within by Corey Russell. It’s also an awesome book on speaking in tongues.

  5. Thanks for your good word on this, and appreciate your courage in tackling a controversial subject.
    Pray it speaks to, and ministers to those who God intends to reach, and that he gives them ears to hear and eyes to see.