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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14:1-2

1 Corinthians 14:1-2 says, “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” Scripture is very clear – there is a purpose and reason for praying in tongues. When we pray in tongues, we are praying in the Spirit and that means praying about unfolding the mysteries of God. We will not understand those mysteries unless we get the interpretation and Scripture implies that sometimes we will receive that interpretation. We are praying the mysteries of God for a divine purpose and understanding empowers us toward that purpose. The purpose of praying the mysteries is to open up our understanding so we can walk in it and opening up our understanding is the job of the Holy Spirit. When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit and receive our prayer language, we can ‘prime the pump’ toward understanding the mysteries of God. God said He would send us a par-a-cleet/helper, One called alongside to help. The Holy Spirit is that Helper because He knows what we need. Therefore, when we pray in the Spirit, we pray what we need to fulfill God’s goal for us!