Do You Pray In the Spirit?
Tongues is not wild emotionalism or robotic gibberish.
Praying in the Spirit is a tremendous blessing and advantage for believers to be able to pray perfect prayers and become sensitive to the things of God as never before. That which is conceived in the Spirit can be revealed to the mind. This is truly how we have access to the “mind of Christ.”
“For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” —1 Corinthians 14:2
In English, you can only pray what you know in your limited understanding. When you pray in tongues you are limited to what God knows, and God knows everything—even the mysteries that will unlock your abundant life.
“He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself.” —1 Corinthians 14:4
Praying in the Spirit builds you up and makes you more aware of the things of God on every level.
“For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.” —1 Corinthians 14:14
When your spirit prays, it is praying the perfect prayer for you and for others. The Spirit prays beyond your own understanding.
“I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all.” —1 Corinthians 14:18
Paul considered this important enough to spend more time than anyone praying in tongues in his personal life.
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.” —Jude 1:20
Praying in the Spirit builds us up in our faith.
“Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” —Psalm 103:5
If praising God in English is a blessing, how much more praising Him in the language of the Spirit? While some may doubt this verse is about tongues, I certainly believe it can include tongues, and I have faith for that.
“Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” —Romans 8:27
Again, some may disagree because it speaks of “groanings, which cannot be uttered” in the previous verse. Nevertheless, if we are praying in the Spirit, He is making intercession for us according to God’s will. I don’t believe the context of groanings changes the concept of the Spirit making intercession as well through tongues.
Don’t limit your prayer life to what you know or think you know. Let the Spirit pray through you and unlock the blessings of God in your life!