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While speaking in tongues is a conscious experience–I know what I’m doing and can stop or start it at will–it is not a rational experience. That is to say, I don’t know what I’m saying. I am giving words to what the Spirit is doing in my heart or spirit. So, speaking in tongues is aptly called, “praying in the spirit” because it is something happening at the level of the spirit, not of the mind.
We can also understand that this kind of speech could be sung. Beyond that, praying in the spirit, because it is prompted by the Spirit of God, is prayer that happens in perfect accord with the will of God. Things we don’t know to pray in our conscious, rational self can be prayed for, interceded for in the supra-rational spirit!