“For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.” I Corinthians 14:2
“For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.” I Corinthians 14:14
Aren’t those words odd? That there is a way of praying in which your mind is not fully operational?
Welcome to praying in tongues.
This is the heart of the appeal that tongues has for me — an opportunity for my spirit to communicate with God’s spirit in ways that transcend my mind. That probably sounds like a strange approach to prayer.
And it is.
But it’s Biblical.
I am so glad that I pray for people, situations, and events that are beyond my own understanding. And I am equally glad that all around the world people are praying in the Spirit — and they are praying for me and for us. I count tongues as a rare privilege to approach the throne of the One who himself is above and beyond the best that I can think.
That’s spirit to spirit communication.