I am opening this thread up again on tongues because DHK said I have not defended my position on "praying in the spirit." I believe I have over and over! I want to make this plain before I start, because I have been accused of being arrogant concerning the manifestation of the Spirirt. Those that speak in tongues are not better than those that don't. Paul makes it clear in 1 Corinthians 14..the gift of tongues should be a rare occurrence in worship service. He limited its use to three times in a gathering and required that each speak separately. Also an interpreter was required. In spite of all the precautions cited in 1 Cor. 14 having to do with the practice of tongues, Paul strongly warned the enemies of freedom, "Do not forbid to speak with tongues" (1 Cor. 14:39). He also declared, "I speak in tongues more than you all" (1 Cor. 14:18). There are many benefits of a private prayer language and satan want to keep us ignorant of this. THe first mention of tongues is in Mark 16 "And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." (Mark 16:17-18) Most of this is going to be repeating because I feel I have explained it before why I believe what I do. I would like to discuss Mark 16 throughly! Notice in Mark 16:17-18 (above) that according to Jesus, speaking in tongues is not a subject of controversy, but instead it's for every believer. Neither Jesus nor the writers of Scripture ever canceled this promise or limited it to the first century, and therefore this promise is still in effect. Obviously not every Christian speaks in tongues, but this doesn't change the fact that Jesus' promise is still available to "those who believe." It does not say some believers or just the apostles! Lets just stick with tongues on this verse for now so we will not chase to many rabbits. Speaking in tongues is still available to Christians today, which leaves open the possibility that "praying in the Spirit" means "praying in tongues." Through this debate I would like to stick just to this aspect of tongues. One more note: Jesus nor the writers of Scripture ever described two Churches, meaning an "early Church" (which ended when the New Testament was completed) and a "modern Church," so these terms are misleading. There is only one Church, and only one Church Age, and only one body of Christ, and therefore we are part of the same New Testament Church that was born at Pentecost.