For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
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.
When Damilola first started praying in the spirit as a daily discipline, he found it quite difficult as his mind wandered away from prayer because while he prayed in a tongue, his mind wasn’t engaged. Because of this, most times he tried to pray in the Spirit, he would soon get weary and sometimes sleep off.
But he attended a prayer retreat and learned that it was possible for him to pray with his understanding while praying in tongues, that he was not to let his mind remain idle while praying in the spirit. This knowledge transformed his prayer life. He could now pray longer in the spirit because while he was praying in tongues, he also talked to the Lord with his mind, and his mind was no longer idle.
when you pray to God with an unknown tongue, the Holy Spirit and your spirit prays, and many times these are prayers that you need to pray for yourself with your words, but you do not know how to pray these prayers(see Romans 8:26
), so through tongues, the Holy Spirit gives you the right words to say. But in all of these, your mind is unfruitful so you also need to engage your mind in prayers to God while you pray in tongues.
Go into today remembering that praying in the spirit is one of the most important disciplines every disciple should imbibe (see Ephesians 6:18
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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