When we become born again, the Bible says we are born of the Spirit and we have the Spirit of God abiding in us. But there is the next phase we experience as believers which is the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:4 says “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” These are two different experiences. The new birth is a well of salvation that Jesus described in John 4:14 when He was talking to the woman at the well of Samaria. He says “But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. While the infilling of the Holy Spirit is the rivers described in John 7:37-38 “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
There are many benefits of speaking or praying in other tongues. The following are some of the benefits:
1. It helps us to build up our spiritual capacity. 1Cor 14:4 says He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the church.

2. It helps us to pray for unknown situations in and around our lives. We are able to pray for things that are yet to be revealed in the physical. 1Cor 14:14 “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.”

3. When we pray in the Spirit, we are able to make intercession for the saints. One of our responsibilities as believers is to make intercession for other saints all around the world. Eph 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

4. Praying in tongues helps us to pray the will of God for our lives. It gives us access to the perfect will of God. It is not possible to pray amiss when we pray in the Spirit. It does not only help us to pray the will of God but also to submit to the will of God. Rom 8: 26-27 says “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

5. Praying in the Spirit is the key that unlock the manifestation of the spiritual gifts in our lives and ministries. 1Cor 14:1 “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.”

6. Praying in tongues gives us the access to understand divine mysteries of God. When we pray in tongues, we speak mysteries to God. Prayer is a two way communication so therefore God also speaks mysteries to us while we pray in tongues and we are able to understand the mysteries of God. 1Cor 14:2 says “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.” 1Cor 2:9-10 also says “But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”

7. Praying in the Spirit also enables us to magnify God better as He wants us to worship Him in Spirit. John 4: 23-24 says “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

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