I hear people, from time to time, referring to the "gift of tongues" when they actually mean praying in the spirit.
In 1 Corinthians 12, we read that Paul speaks about God as giving the Gifts as He chooses. Therefore we, on our own, could not use such a "gift" upon our own choosing, nor could Paul say, "I wish you all to speak with tongues.."
Paul speaks of 'praying in the spirit" as something that is in the individual's own power to do. Therefore, there is a difference between:
If, in public, there be the speaking in tongues, then that is by the Holy Spirit, and becomes A GIFT (and needs an interpretation?. BUT, in private one can pray and praise God in tongues. The Holy Spirit will honor that self determination, for that Is what it is. We WILL to do so, when we want to.
The capacity to pray in tongues is a fresh way to stay in the power of the Spirit. It is a source of freedom and it is a beautiful way to pray for those "things" about which we know so little, i.e. "prayer request for this and that." Praying in tongues is a dynamic way of intercession.
As GOD CHOOSES, on rare occasions, according to His Will, THE GIFT OF TONGUES IS GIVEN. So speaking in tongues (not the gift of tongues) does not require my special four from God. He has already given the permission, and so provided the language whenever the Christian OECIOES to use it. Remember, God always honors our freedom.
I know that Satan would like to cool a person down, especially when enthused about one's faith. Consequently sane say (or would like to argue) "The Holy Spirit gives the Gifts as HE wills, therefore everyone should not speak in tongues." Paul does say, 'to all speak in tongues." But In this portion, Paul is not speaking of praying privately, he is speaking of public use of the tongues which is "a gift" given as He wants to.
Remember 1 Corinthians 14:18 instead, where Paul says, "I thank God I speak in tongues more than you all." (He Is talking about private praying) "But in the assembly, I would rather speak five words with my own intelligence, so that all could understand and learn, that ten thousand words in an unknown language."
If you are a Christian YOU CAN HAVE A PRAYER LANGUAGE, if you want to. It is completely up to yoU. Why?
Don't let anyone talk you out of praying in the Spirit - that is speaking in the Spirit as the Spirit gives the utterance. If you haven't done it yet, you can, if you are a Born Again Believer and are ready to accept what lie has already provided for you if you need help.