If I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unproductive. What should I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing praises with my spirit, but I will also sing praises with my mind. 1 Cor. 14:14-15
My spirit prays. What in the world is Paul talking about? Why would he pray something when he clearly says that his mind is unproductive?
Too often our Christian life here in America is lived mostly in our minds. We are unaware of our human spirit and / or we never talk about it. Our spirit is the part of ourselves that most closely communes with God. When our spirit prays in tongues it is praying words from God and the Holy Spirit.
It is vital for us to pray for the things that we know ought to be prayed for, and to pray as effectively as possible. But when we have finished what we know to say, we can let God take over and pray through us.
OK, COMPETITION TIME. Who knows prayer better—you, or the Spirit of God? Who knows the situations that need prayer better? Who best knows what to pray regarding those situations? Whose mind is bigger: yours, or the Holy Spirit’s?
How did you stand up in the test? Oh, I’m sorry. Maybe allowing my spirit to pray isn’t such a bad idea after all.