Acts 2:4, 11
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance…Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.

Firstly, note that the first result the first church manifested when they were filled with the Holy Spirit pertained to their speech. It’s significant that the Spirit seeks to influence and empower our speech faculty before anything else.

That implies that we cannot be truly filled with the Spirit and not experience a radical change in our language. Because the tongue is the radar of the whole person, when it is touched by the fire of God, our whole lives are touched (see James 3:2-4). May your tongue yield to the power and control of the Holy Spirit.

Secondly, observe that the content of the Upper Room saints’ tongues was worship. Spectators were impressed by the Palestinian Jews’ newfound ability to declare the wonderful works of God in various unlearned languages.

Beloved, it makes sense that the Spirit inspires us to worship God ably. He does because worship is powerful. Praise-and-worship is the highest expression of faith. And God cannot ignore faith (Hebrews 11:6). Therefore it makes more sense to prioritise worship over petitions and supplications.

Pastor Josh