Let me share with you one of the greatest reasons for praying in the Spirit.

“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men,
but unto God: for no man understandeth him;
beit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”
1 Corinthians 14:2

Like you, I’ve read this verse so many, many times. But this time, I read it from a translation that shed a whole new light.

“If you praise him in the private language of tongues,
God understands you but no one else does,
for you are sharing intimacies just between you and him.”
1 Corinthians 14:2 (The Message)

secretDid you catch that? This translation opened my eyes to the reality that by praying in other tongues I am shutting the door to others (both human and spirits) for a time of “sharing intimacies just between you and him” by communicating words that are intended only for His ears and receiving His words to my spirit that shouldn’t be heard by others. By praying in the Spirit the inner most longings of my spirit can connect with the inner most passion of His Spirit!

If you want to have a greater intimacy with God, learn the joy of praying in the Spirit!