Acts 2:17 – “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
You ever wonder why the church was birthed was such an offensive display of supernatural manifestations? Apparently, 120 people were filled with the Holy Spirit and begin to speak in a variety of random languages. The craziest thing ? They were all speaking at the same time and apparently continued long enough for quite a large crowd to gather. No human would ever have concocted that plan; it was obviously the plan of God. In the ensuing prophetic declaration by Peter, he shared the importance of prophesy, visions, and dreams. Sadly, these are the very things that are being ignored and even shunned in our modern church world. Check out the comments from the Fire Bible on this passage.
“Peter associates the speaking in other tongues with prophecy. This means that speaking in other tongues is one form of prophesying, which basically is using one’s voice for the service and glory of God under the direct influence of the Holy Spirit. In the book of Acts: (1) the 120 “were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them” (2:4); (2) the Holy Spirit came on Cornelius and his household, and Peter “heard them speaking in tongues and praising God” (10:44–47); (3) the disciples at Ephesus, when “the Holy Spirit came on them, … spoke in tongues and prophesied” (19:6). (4) Other signs or expressions of the Spirit through Spirit-filled people include prophetic dreams and visions. (5) The Spirit will be given to empower all of God’s people without respect to age, gender or status.”
It seems that there is a close connection between the prayer language initiated on the day of Pentecost and the other gifts of the Spirit, especially the vocal gifts. The similarity is this; the prayer language, the gift of tongues, and the gift of prophesy all flow out of our spirit empowered and inspired by the Holy Spirit. These vocal expressions of the Spirit bypass our brains.
So, how can I be used in these gifts? Stir up the gift of God in your life praying in the Spirit. From there, be sensitive to the leading of the Lord. Before you know it you will be prophesying, speaking in tongues, and being used in the gift of interpretation.