Q. I just want to say I really enjoy your site. I wanted to ask you if you claim there is no such thing as a personal prayer language why did Paul say i thank my god i speak in tongues more then you all yet in the church i would rather speak five words with the understanding that i may teach others also then ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. I pray in tongues a lot. It edifies me and has been a great tool although just one tool in my walk with the Lord. It really grieves my spirit to hear you speak against the prayer language when it has been such a blessing to me in my walk with the Lord.
A. What I said is that there’s no Scriptural support for a personal prayer language, which is not the same as speaking in tongues. The gift of tongues is the supernatural ability to speak a language you haven’t learned in such a way that it can either be understood by the listener or interpreted into a language that can be understood. Paul began the statement you quoted by saying, “For this reason anyone who prays in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says. For if I pray in a tongue my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.” (1 Cor. 14:13-14)
If the language you’re praying in can be interpreted by you or someone else then you’re exercising the gift of tongues. If it can’t be, then you’re not.