“Beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.”
The Bible, on different accounts, charges the Christian on ‘praying in the Spirit’ or ‘praying in tongues.’
Today’s text is one of such.
Paul, in Ephesians 6:18 also says: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…”
This is clearly an important instruction for believers, yet one that we cannot follow if we do not understand. What does it mean to pray in the Spirit?
Some have defined praying in the Spirit as praying in a known language with words inspired by the Spirit.
By known language, we mean another human language other than that which you are familiar with.
But what does the word of God say?
Paul says: “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries”
1 Corinthians 14:2
He went on to say: “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful”
1 Corinthians 14:14
First, we can conclude that praying in tongues is praying in the Spirit.
We can also say that praying in tongues isn’t praying in a known language. Paul says when you do so, no man understands.
To add to that, Paul says when you pray with your Spirit, your understanding is unfruitful.
Still not clear? The fifteenth verse of 1 Corinthians 14 clearly differentiates this thus:
“What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.”
If we are repeatedly instructed to pray in the Spirit, and praying in the spirit means to pray in tongues, this means the tongues business is not for some select few.
Praying in tongues is an instruction for everyone.
Do it passionately and consistently.