Devotional: Of Tongues and Understanding

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unproductive because it does not understand what my spirit is praying. Then what am I to do? I will pray by the Holy Spirit that is within me and I will pray with the mind using words I understand; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the understanding also.

1n 1 Cor 14, Paul points out that though tongues as a gift may have added flair and style, it is less desirable due to its limits in edification. Paul emphasizes the need for the mind to understand what the mouth hears, speaks, and sings of. Paul here says that there is spiritual profit & strengthening only when there is understanding.

today i am warned against mindless listening, praying, and singing. I am also reminded to pray and sing praises with sincerity and intent.

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