In 1 Corinthians 14:2, the Apostle Paul wrote, “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.” God has given us a supernatural means of directly communicating with Him. Our heavenly language, when used in our personal prayer time, does not need to be understood by us or anyone else to be effective. And when we speak mysteries directly to God, our prayers are encrypted from the devil’s ears.
1 Corinthians 14:4 says, “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself…” To edify means to build up. When we pray in tongues our spirit is strengthened, which enables us to be ruled or led by our spirit rather than by our flesh or our mind. When our spirit is strong, we are also more sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in us. Jude 1:20 speaks about building ourselves up as well. It says, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.” Praying in the Spirit, or tongues, increases our faith, thus enhancing our relationship with God.
In Romans 8:26-27 it says, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 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.” When we pray in tongues, it is our spirit praying, but the Holy Spirit gives us the utterance. If there is a situation we want to pray about, but we’re not sure what God’s will is for that circumstance, then we can pray in tongues, being confident we’re praying in line with the perfect will of God.
Next week I’ll talk about how to be filled.
Peace to you,