When you pray in tongues, it’s your spirit that prays, even though the Holy Spirit is the One who grants you the language or utterance. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:14: “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.”
Praying in tongues transcends the realm of the mind or human understanding, because the language is divine. All you do is connect your vocal organs to your human spirit and the flow takes place. That connection is your act of faith—the same faith you expressed when you received Christ into your heart, and now you can tell others you’re born again. Connect your vocal organs to your spirit. You’ll be amazed at how simple that really is
On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples of Jesus and, immediately, they began to speak in other tongues. Those that heard them speaking in tongues mocked them, because the Bible says, “…he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries” (1 Corinthians 14:2). When you speak in other tongues, no man understands what you’re saying, but your spirit is in communion with God; it’s a spirit-to-Spirit communication.
Therefore, never get discouraged or even bothered by those who may jeer at you for speaking in tongues. It’s the language of the Spirit. The Bible says the things of the Spirit are foolishness to the natural man: “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Contrary to what the skeptics say, speaking in tongues isn’t something you force out of your mouth or try to do; it’s the Holy Spirit that enables you to do it. However, it’s important to know that though it’s the Holy Spirit who gives the ability, you’re the one who has to open your mouth in faith and speak the words He generates in your spirit.