contrasts praying with the mind and praying with the spirit, indicating that both are necessary or at least useful.
In the context of 1 Corinthians 14 and Romans 8:26-27, Paul makes it clear that praying or speaking in the Spirit cannot be understood unless they are interpreted. In other words, this involves praying in a heavenly language that we cannot understand. Furthermore, Paul teaches that when we don’t know what to pray, the Holy Spirit prays through us with groanings we cannot understand as He prays the perfect will
of God through our spirit. Wouldn’t you like to be certain that you are praying the perfect will of God?
Who wouldn’t want that?
Therefore, When Paul and Jude commend praying in the Spirit to the church, they are referring to praying in a heavenly language that is not understood unless it is interpreted. If praying in the Spirit is not for today, then how then can we say that everything else in Ephesians 6 and the Epistle of Jude are relevant for today. We might as well throw out the rest of 1 Corinthians while we’re at it. The truth is that the manifestations of the Holy Spirit listed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 are just as necessary and useful today as they were when Paul wrote 1 Corinthians. Sadly, Pentecostal tomfoolery has driven those Paul described as “ungifted or unbelievers” (1 Corinthians 23-25 NASB) far from receiving the Promise of the Father.