-Does Romans 8:26 mean “praying in tongues”?

Romans 8:26-27 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities (weakness or lack of strength) for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is in the mind of the Spirit according to the will of God.”


I find these two scriptures interesting. Some interpret this scripture to mean that the Holy Ghost is praying for or through us as we “pray in tongues” or “use our prayer language.” It is believed by many that when we “pray in tongues” the Holy Ghost is interceding for us. As I read this text over and over along with the entire chapter, I found out that verses 26 and 27 neither implies or indicates that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us as we speak in tongues. This one passage actually has nothing to do with tongues:

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30 comments on “-Does Romans 8:26 mean “praying in tongues”?

  1. Sure must be hard to read your bible with scriptures like this in it… or can you explain this away too??

    Acts 10
    44While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46For they heard them speaking in tongues[b] and praising God.

    and again

    Acts 19
    6When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues[a] and prophesied.

    • Just to let you know… modern day tongues isn’t a language it’s rambling. It can’t even be interpreted. And if there isn’t any interpretation then you are to keep silent. Tongues are a known language. Tongues from God aren’t needed today because all languages can be taught. So there you go.

  2. Hello, Thanks for visiting. Just to answer your question no it is not hard reading scriptures like that. It seems that you are implying that this blog post is against speaking in tongues…it is NOT. If this was indeed your conclusion I invite you to read it again. This post is addressing Rom 8:26 in regards to a “prayer language” in that the “Holy Spirit” is using tongues to pray through us or for us. This scripture is often misinterpreted and this post is simply shedding some light on that misinterpretation. Sorry for your confusion.

  3. It is great to point that out…but, in wanting the whole counsel of the word of God, why not also point out that I Cor. 14:2-4 definitely mentions tongues as speaking mysteries unto God for the believer’s edification. So you can split hairs but the truth remains… God has given a gift to his people for those who receive it. A way to prayer when you don’t know what to pray…and I am grateful. May God open your heart and mouth to receive what He freely gives. He loves you.

  4. Hi Mary,

    Thanks for stopping by. With all love, you and many others read my blogs and jump to conclusions. In reading your comment and similar comments I assume that one -you have not read the entire post, two – you are reading into the post something that is not there or 3- maybe you simply did not understand the post.

    This post is not refuting that there is no “prayer language”, that there is no such thing as speaking in tongues or a tongue, that I don’t speak in a tongue or unto God (because I do the biblical way…not chanting one word or the same couple of words over and over), nor is it disputing 1 Cor. 14:2-4. Maybe the ” ” threw you off or offended you. If so I am sorry. By using ” ” it is not to falsify the phrase. I use ” ” because it came from somewhere, not the bible, it is just a phrase. Anyway, I invite you to read it again.

    What this post is about is the claim that IT IS THE HOLY GHOST SPEAKING THROUGH A PERSON PRAYING FOR THAT PERSON AND THAT IT IS THE HOLY GHOST INTERCEDING FOR US. It is refuting the claim THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT HIMSELF IS SPEAKING THROUGH US USING TONGUES TO PRAY FOR US HIMSELF. You may have not been taught that, but many of us were. Sorry for the all caps it is not intended for disrespect, just so that you get the point. I am specifically talking about Romans 8:26 &27 being used to justify this claim. The claim (again) that every time we speak in a tongue unto God it is the Spirit using our voice in the form of a language so that HE can pray for us. Nothing more and nothing less. Again you may not have been taught that. Now taking into consideration the whole counsel of God…there is NOTHING in Scripture that justifies this claim that Jesus prays for us using tongues. 1Cor. 14:2-4 (since you put this scripture out there) makes it clear that it is US speaking to God using the gift he gave us which He understands fully…. NOT God speaking THROUGH us as explained above. So I am NOT “splitting hairs”. Just to make all of this clear, I will post part of this in the post so that no one else get’s it twisted, jumps to conclusions, assumes or anything else.

    Peace and blessings

  5. Hi Mike. Speaking in tongues is a issue that will continue to be misunderstood by many and debated over until Christ comes. It is opinions that has gotten many believers confused regarding this topic so with all due respect I would rather not give my opinion. Regarding this issue I do all that I can to stay within Biblical guide lines. I will tell you this though, If the Spirit does not give me utterance I do not speak. Since I have studied about this issue I have refrained from speaking in tongues “at will” and partaking in a lot of unbiblical church practices based on tradition and lack of understanding. All I can say is study the Word and let God give you understanding. As I said in an earlier response (just so not to confuse) This post is not refuting speaking in tongues, but to give understanding about a particular scripture in context.

  6. I agree with your interpretation of Romans 8 vs 26, i dont personally claim to have any specific gifts other than faith and an open mind to learn from the
    bible. Thanks for taking the time to share, Mark.

  7. Dear brother,

    Thank you for stating with much clariity using only the Scriptures and not your opinions. Your article has blessed me immensely. It is sad to see the divisions caused by the various interpretation of the Scriptures and personal opnions and feelings on this ONE spiritual gift. Yet most Christians fail to speak more about the fruit of the Spirit. The Lord has instructed us with much clarity that when we would receive POWER when the Holy Spirit comes on us and we would be His witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). We who have become children of the living God by receiving Him and believing in His name (John 1:12), must be focused on reaching out and not build walls amongst us over the issue of tongues. I wish the denominational barriers will be broken, if only all our focus can be on Acts 1:8 and not on issues that help us “superior” Christians.
    Thank you brother once again for the clarity in which you have responded to this subject.

    Blessings in His matchless name

  8. (regarding you comment on speaking tongues at will)
    I’m unsure about not being able to speak in tongues at will. In the Corinthian church they were all speaking in tongues. Paul did not say they were false tongues, but that they should only speak 2 or at most 3 and then there must be an interpretation. Why would the Holy Spirit lead all in that church to speak in tongues? He would not. Unlike Pentecost where they all spoke in different “earthly” languages. So, if Paul does not rebuke them for using false tongues, I would say they are authentic but are being used incorrectly. Therefore to speak in tongues of self edification at will seems to be possible. Paul himself states he speaks in tongues more than you all, but in church would rather say 5 intelligible words than 10000 words in a tongue. (so he must be speaking outside of a church setting when he is speaking all these tongues)
    What are your thoughts?

    I do agree with you teaching of Romans 8″26-27

  9. I just wanted to thank God for you, and letting him use you to give me a clear understanding of that verse, because I was one of those ones who misinterpretated that scripture, and I thank God for true clarity. I can receive that, because it was God breathe. Give an example: yesterday I didn’t feel like going to bible study, but the Holy Spirit knows the will of God according to Hebrews 10:25, so without me having to speak or pray, the Holy Spirit automatically inwardly intercedes on my behalf unknowingly, orme verbally praying, because He knows the will of God for my life is to not forsake the fellowship. Even though I didn’t feel like going I still went. But before I go I have 1 question. I use to pray for people, and God will Heal them. I would first start in my human language mostly I would just be glorifying God in advance for the healing before I beginned to pray, and as I begin to pray about the healing, moments later I would be speaking in tongues, and the person who I prayed for they would be healed. Can you help me to understand if this? If this is a possible way how God will operate? Sorry so long winded.

  10. Dear friend,
    I’ve been brought up in Pentecostal Charasmatic churches through my child hood years & into my late teens. I want to thankyou whole heartedly & request permission to use your blog ‘Does Romans 8:26 mean “praying in tongues, I am a tongue speaker consertive who finds it refreshing for someone to clearly clarify what this particular scripture in actually indicating & have known it for many years, & have no part of the padanic false tongue speaking teachings out there, so I am kind of a charismatic outsider, a non crowd follower. I’d really appreciate you contacting me, with the permission & perhaps supplying me some links, to other places on the internet that support such a view.

  11. Romans 8:26

    • Rom 8:26 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.

    Pentecostals love to quote Rom 8:26 to justify speaking in tongues during praying and does not require an interpreter.

    Fist of all, it says “groanings which CANNOT BE UTTERED (or spoken).” It means we cannot speak these words because we cannot understand it.

    If we speak in unknown tongues using Romans 8:26, then it is wrong because it says these words cannot be uttered or spoken.

    If these words cannot be uttered or spoken, then these words, in any form will not come out from any ones mouth.

    Pentecostals teach exactly the OPPOSITE of Romans 8:26.

    They say when you speak in tongues (unknown language), the Holy Spirit in you prays and intercedes with God that you cannot understand.

    Read again, it says, CANNOT BE SPOKEN – you cannot speak it, once you can’t understand it, you cannot speak it.

    Once you speak anything you cannot understand it is MEANINGLESS because no one understands it!

    We should not use our own interpretation here.

    • Rom 8:27 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.

    Notice, the Spirit in Romans 8:26 is a helper and intercessor.

    Who is the Spirit?

    • 2 Cor 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

    Who is the intercessor or mediator to God the Father?

    • 1 Tim 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,

    • 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

    • Rom 8:34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

    • Heb 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

    Jesus Christ is the Lord, the helper, the Spirit, the mediator or intercessor in Romans 8:26!

    • Heb 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

    • Heb 7:26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;

    • Heb 7:27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

    • Heb 7:28 For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

    Jesus Christ is our High Priest who makes intercession for us!

    How does He intercede?

    • 1 Cor 2:9 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.”

    • 2 Cor 12:4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

    Rom 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

    • Rom 8:26 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.


    1. God’s Kingdom is something we have never fully understood because we have not yet experienced it.
    2. Paul, in a vision, heard “heavenly” words that he can’t speak because he can’t understand.
    3. Christ uses these “heavenly” words that we as Christians cannot speak or understand. They have their own language that we cannot express right now.

    Romans 8:26 does not teach that the Holy Spirit is us prays or intercedes directly to God “out of control.”

    • Rom 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

    There is harmony between the Spirit of God and our human spirit. The Holy Spirit does not act on its own. The Spirit of God leads us to repentance and salvation.

    Jesus Christ is the Spirit in Romans 8:26 that intercede for us using words we cannot speak because we cannot understand them.


  12. Hi-I have done my own research…
    I looked up all the words tongues in the NT. In the Greek-and it always means a tongue of a known language. In Acts the word-tongues-Greek-(Glossaa)-language (.Lilia) speaking put the two together-you have speaking in a known language-All through out Acts- if you look up tongues-It implies a known language-
    When tongues is used, it is to speaking to a different tribe-different language, but always used to speak to people who do not understand in their “own” language, from the speaker. Acts 2:6 sets up the stage, or the foundation –for the entire book of Acts-2:6- N.L.T-When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers. GBU-Gailann

  13. Firstly I would like to thank Praisedance for your blog, I find the comments very interesting. It seems like the modern Pentecostal/ Charismatic church is totally sold out on speaking in tonges to a point where the other gifts Prohecy, Teaching, Healing, Disernment are neglected.
    Where as tonges have thier place Paul admonishes us to seek to excel in those gifts that build up (edify) the body of Christ. 1 Cor 14v 12-14.

  14. This is my confirmation ! I had come to this same conclusion after studying this specific passage in spring of 2011. Thank you for rightly dividing the word of God. I look forward to reading more on this site. God bless you abundantly.

  15. I’m a pentecostal minister myself and I see nothing wrong with the explanation given for these scriptures. Just because speaking in tongues is biblical does not mean that you have to use scriptures to justify it that do not apply, there are plenty of scriptures that do apply to it. I think that this was a very good explanation of a complicated scripture.

  16. In the first century, the miraculous gifts of the spirit, including the ability to “speak in tongues,” verified that God’s favor had shifted from the Jewish system of worship to the newly established Christian congregation. (Heb. 2:2-4) Since that objective was accomplished in the first century, is it necessary to prove the same thing again and again in our day?
    In the first century, the ability to “speak in tongues” gave impetus to the international work of witnessing that Jesus had commissioned his followers to do. (Acts 1:8; 2:1-11; Matt. 28:19) Is that how those who “speak in tongues” use that ability today?
    In the first century, when Christians ‘spoke in tongues,’ what they said had meaning to people who knew those languages. (Acts 2:4, 8) Today, is it not true that ‘speaking in tongues’ usually involves an ecstatic outburst of unintelligible sounds?
    In the first century, the Bible shows, congregations were to limit the ‘speaking in tongues’ to two or three persons who might do that at any given meeting; they were to do it “each in turn,” and if there was no interpreter present they were to keep silent. (1 Cor. 14:27, 28, RS) Is that what is being done today?

  17. I’m not drawing any conclusions about what you said or meant to say. Just wanted to pose a thought or two. I’m agreeing or disagreeing with you on this one, because as a tongue talker myself I’ve often wondered about this verse too and what it means in prayer. Could it mean:

    A: Something deeper than tongues, where no words of any kind, even tongues, can even be formed in response?


    B: It does refer to tongues, as other verses point that “Praying in the Spirit” does mean tongues. But maybe saying that it cannot be “articulated” actually means that there are occasions that we don’t know how to pray in our limited known language and that it takes a language beyond the mind to do this kind of prayer. Paul did say in 1 Cor 14 that speaking in tongues was basically un-intelligible without interpretation, which is why it’s often best used in prayer and not in a church service unless there is an interpreter. So maybe it’s how we define Articulate or Utter. If we understand this to mean that no it cannot be uttered or articulated in any known language, than to the one who sits by listening it would be random noise, inarticulate, unrepeatable… etc. I’ve heard one prayer warrior say: “Sometimes English won’t cut it and you have to hit it in tongues”.

    Thank you for your study, it was thought provoking and I’ll continue to study these words and contexts more. DW

  18. I do not wish a response, I wish to deliver on behalf of God and Father. There are things you are taking upon your own hands which are strictly forbidden. You are teaching. I’m not meaning for this to be a sexist remark, however I am edifying you sister. As you know, the Lord is beginning to fullfil Acts 2:14 with the rest of the last day testimonies. I find it hard that you beleive strongly, yet you aren’t being convicted by the Holy Spirit for teaching. Women are not to teach as the Lord clearly speaks in 1 Timothy 2:8-15, the Lord God almighty clearly states in verse 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man. The Lord is coming, take heed. Do not be offended, but rather be joyous that the Lord has delivered this message through his mercy and love for you. Do not contest against others, or profess the doctrine. It is clearly forbidden. May the glorious Lord Christ Jesus fill you with the wisdom of acceptance through this message in order for you to better serve him.

    • I know you do not wish a response, but I am going to give you one anyway. Please understand that I am not offended, just humored. It just amazes me how you know nothing about me, yet you type in your own judgment and then use the scriptures to try to validate your false assumption. If you would kindly go to the “About” section on this blog – and it is just a blog sharing what God has put on my heart for those who are in dance ministry and the body of Christ on “issues concerning WOMEN, CHILDREN, and issues concerning the church of which we (women) are vitally apart of – then you would see that this blog is intended for women. If men want to receive anything from this blog then that is their prerogative. I have no control over that. For you to say that I am usurping authority over a man is your own assumption due to your own ignorance concerning the purpose of this blog and my intended audience. You are in error and you wasted your time giving your opinion because you know nothing about me or my purpose; neither did you take the time to do so. Instead you became judgmental and you were slow to hear and quick to speak. For your own deliverance and for you to be beneficial to the body of Christ, before you give your opinion about anything, especially when commenting on someone’s blog, learn a little about them first. Also since you feel so strongly about women teaching anyone…why are you on my blog in the first place? God bless you and my He fill you with His wisdom and His righteous judgments in order for you to be more beneficial to His body serving Him in love.


  19. Thank you for your honest appraisal on this passage of scripture. Sadly I have had a to point out to our Pastor, after a men’s breakfast that this passage could not possibly be speaking in tongues as he insisted upon during the topic we were discussing that morning (Topic was on the subject of inhibitors to our prayer life) the Greek word leaves absolutely no other than what the NIV translation (which we use) “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”
    Also I was rather stunned at some of the comments made, attacking your very correct view of this scripture, however I appreciate your very gracious replies. In Christ, Bill

  20. I’m still trying to figure out if “uttered” can ONLY mean spoken, or if there is any room in the translation to imply that it could also mean “articulated” or “spoken with understanding”?

    I am also curious as to how many people separate the “evidence of tongues” (private prayer language to edify ones self) from “The gift of Diverse Tongues and Interpretation” (used in a church setting out loud and openly to a group)

    The gift of DT&I has certain rules attached. 1. it’s interpreted (I’m assuming by the accompanying “gift of interpretation” so it seems like you would need the baptism of the Holy Spirit to actually operate in “the gift” of interpretation) 2. it’s edifies the church “BODY”. 3. Take turns… 4. Some people have it and some people do not.

    Praying in an “unknown” tongue seems to get pulled into the same category for some reason and I think it has totally different rules & purpose. 1.) 1Cor 14:4 “he that speaketh in an unknown tongue EDIFIETH HIMSELF” 2.) vs13 “My spirit prayeth” , 3.) vs17 “thou verily GIVETH THANKS WELL but the other is not edified”. 4.) Don’t direct your private prayer language at others, it’s between you and God.

    1. why do some attribute tongues in Acts to “The gift of Diverse Tongues & Interpretation” when 100% of the people did it (it says they ALL spoke in tongues)
    2. How could it be The Gift of DT&I when it was interpreted naturally (acts2:8) , & wouldn’t you need the Holy Ghost to operate in “the spiritual gift of interpretation?”
    3. Why do some seem so certain that “The Gift of DT&I” example is demonstrated at all? I can’t find a single instance where The actual gift of diverse tongues was interpreted through the power of the Holy Spirit.
    4. Could it be that 100% of the people in Acts 2:4,& Acts 10:44-45, were simply praying in the spirit and people heard them?
    5. Otherwise, why would All 100% of them receive the initial evidence of tongues upon receiving the Holy Ghost as opposed to only SOME receiving the gift of DT&I, & some the gift of healing, some miracles etc…
    6. When Paul says “Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret”, Isn’t he still just referring to the Gift of DT&I for the edification of the church “Body” in ch12? How can people try to pull the private prayer tongue into that statement in order to try and dismiss it when Ch12:7 states that chapter is talking about spiritual gifts given to profit withal (the church body).
    7. Doesn’t praying in the spirit (unknown tongue) for our own edification contrast greatly from the rules for DT&I and still Paul says “they give thanks well”?
    8. Lastly, why do people quote 1 Cor 13:8 “tongues will cease” as if it already has ceased? Doesn’t that actually mean that knowledge, prophesy, & tongues will only cease when “That which is perfect has come”? I read the whole passage to say that after we are in heaven with Jesus, He’s going to teach us everything. There will be no more learning because we will know it all. No more prophesy because we’ll know the future already, and no need for DT&I because we’ll already know the interpretation, No unknown tongues either for obvious reasons. But we aren’t in heaven yet and knowledge has not ceased yet either, so surely tongues hasn’t ceased, right?

    I realize that you can’t actually tell me what “everyone else” is thinking, but hopefully address each point and/or my perception of them to see if my interpretations are valid please?

    • You’ve made some really good observations. I have also heard 1 Corinthians 13:8 used to say that tongues HAVE ceased (not that they SHALL cease as the text says). The 13th chapter says tongues “shall cease,” but does not indicate a shelf life for tongues except to say “when that which is perfect is come…” (v 10). “That which is perfect” is clarified in 1 Corinthians 4:5, “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts:and then shall every man have praise of God.” The clincher verse is 1 Corinthians 1:7-8, “So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Both verses I quoted are in 1 Corinthians; therefore, they are the contextual setting for 1 Corinthians 13:8-19. Verse 4:5 tells us the time of perfect completion when tongues and other revelational gifts will no longer be needed. Verse 1:7 gives the shelf life for the gifts of the spirit.

  21. 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.” (“Utterance” here also being “ἀποφθέγγομαι: to enunciate plainly, i.e. declare” as was stated in the article).

    I agree that speaking in tongues is not done at will; because, obviously the Spirit gives the utterance, not the speaker. When Romans 8:26 says, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” it does not mean The Spirit cannot utter the groanings. There is nothing an omnipotent God in the Person of the Holy Spirit “cannot…[utter].” It is the praying Christian that cannot utter those groanings; however, speaking in tongues is ALL ABOUT the “Spirit [giving]…the utterance.” This is further clarified in 1 Corinthians 14:14, “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.”

  22. Hi my beloved, greetings to you all. I have read this blog & thanks for expressing your insight to our edification. I appreciate.
    Now, talking on the issue of whether Romans 8:26 is talking about tongues or not, we will better appreciate it when we understand & can place the difference btw THOUGHTS & WORDS; & GROANINGS & TONGUES & also if we can compare what the VOICE BOX does for us in bringing the thoughts in our minds out as Words with what the GIFT of tongues does for us in bringin out the groanings in our spirits as Tongues.
    (1) THOUGHTS are the ideas we concieve in our minds & they CHANGE FORM to become WORDS when our voice box picks them from the mind as the thoughts they are & speak them forth as WORDS. Therefore, WORDS are uttered thoughts(that first ran in the MIND). Thus, thoughts remain thoughts whether they are uttered or not & they thus become words when uttered.
    So also, as regards TONGUES, like WORDS, they are the uttered groanings of the Spirit through the mouth.
    THUS, WORDS are uttered thoughts whilst TONGUES are uttered groanings. Thoughts come from the mind, groanings come from the spirit. & the only difference between the former(thoughts & groanings) and the latter(words & tongues) is “expression” or “utterance”
    & this analysis is apt because if words have their source from the thoughts of the mind, then tongues have their source from the groanings of the spirit.
    NOW, coming to the Groanings in Romans 8:26, the BIG QUESTION then is, how is it that we are then able to UTTER what this chapter(Rom 8:26) says cannot be uttered?
    This is where we talk about the GIFT of tongues. No one had this gift before the Holy Spirit gave it to us & if HE gave it to us, it must be for a purpose. & the purpose is this; these Groanings of the Spirit cannot be uttered but with the presence of the GIFT of tongues, we are able to pick the groanings & speak them out as tongues just like we pick thoughts from the mind & speak them out as words with the help of the voice box; otherwise, without the presence of this GIFT of tongues, just like the absence of a voice box in a man, we can’t have uttered these groanings of the Spirit. THUS, just like d VOICE BOX that help us to pick & translate thoughts to words,the GIFT of Tongues is also a CHIP or DEVICE of the Spirit given to or fused into our spirit by the HOLY SPIRIT to help us pick & translate the groanings of the HOLY SPIRIT goin on within our spirits into TONGUES; that’s why it’s calld the Gift(which I call the Device or Chip) of tongues.
    THUS, as in natural language, which is from THOUGHTS via the VOICE BOX to WORDS, so also, for the Supernatural Language, from GROANINGS via the GIFT(Chip) of Tongues to TONGUES.
    Thus, whereas Rom 8:26 refers to the groanings that the Spirit releases or produces within our spirits, tongues are in reality UTTERED GROANINGS of the Spirit thru the help of the GIFT of Tongues we have recieved into our spirits – that is, the GIFT of Tongues helps us to utter groanings that otherwise, without this Gift of Tongues, cannot be uttered. Even prophecies too we would agree CANNOT be uttered without the GIFT of PROPHECY being given to us.
    So we see that groanings & tongues, like thoughts & words, have no diference – The Gift helps you to utter d groanings & Tongues are Groanings in Utterance.
    & to be further convinced that Tongues are uttered groanings, it wld be right to look at their OBJECTS(that is, things they pray for). According to Rom 8:26, we see that Groanings are used to interceed for “THINGS WE OUGHT TO PRAY FOR BUT DO NOT KNOW OF” and we do not know abt these things because they are Hidden by GOD & according 1Cor 2:9, no eyes have seen them neither any ear heard them; & only the Spirit knows them(1 Cor. 2:11) – so, HE is the one that prays for them thru us for us, & because they are secret things, we refer to them as MYSTERIES (Mysteries are secret or hidden truths or realities). So, the object of the SPIRIT’s groanings as revealed in Rom 8:26 are THINGS UNKNOWN(Mysteries). And thus, Paul says in 1Cor. 14:2, that when we speak in tongues(uttered groanings of the Spirit) we are speaking MYSTERIES(Things Unknown) unto GOD or other versions would put it that we are speaking “Secret Truths” unto GOD. So we see, the objects of intercession of the Groanings in Rom. 8:26 and the objects of intercession in Tongues as expressed in 1 Cor. 14:2 are “THINGS UNKNOWN(Mysteries” – so we see, they are one and same, tongues and groanings; just that tongues are voiced out or vocalized groanings.
    -Because, those secret things wil be given us if only we ask for them, & it is only he that asks, according to Matt 7:8,11, that recieves these good things and Scripture also states that we recieve not because we ask not. Thus, the Holy Spirit gives groanings to us via the Gift of Tongues to use to ask for these UNKNOWN THINGS in tongues(by uttering the groanings.

  23. its all about aroaching to God with the spirit of truth and not emotions…..we have the whole bible as an example of prayer when we cant conform with the godly emotions wich brings peace to the heart….you can pray being inspired by the spirit with understanding without speaking in tongue …or what paul called understanding…but if you have no understanding speak in tongues…understood that man will never understand completely…the secrete is to live inspired by the holy Spirit and what other example do we have thats better than the word of God….copy what he says for example is your happy…there is a prayer of gratitude in the bible….go look for it

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