The flow of the Spirit is beyond our human minds. Entering the flow of the Spirit is like flying by the seat of our pants without instruments. That’s how the first pilots flew. It seems risky to our natural minds but, it’s worth it.
Today, flight instruments show the pilot what is happening, the perception comes to their mind, like the natural way we think and do. The flow the Spirit is perceived spiritually. What the Holy Spirit quickens to our spirit is intangible and easily overridden by our natural mind.
Praying in tongues builds us up in our faith and increases our own spiritual awareness. Prophesy edifies the church gathering. Paul explains: “2For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.3But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation. 4One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.” (1 Corinthians 14:2-4). Praying in a tongue is like spiritually flying by the seat of our pants. “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful” (1 Corinthians 14:14) NASB
If you don’t have the gift of praying in tongues for your own edification, you are probably waiting for the unknown words to come to your mind before you start using your vocal cords. If that’s the case, here’s a tip. The Holy Spirit gives you the gift of praying in tongues. Your spirit prays. You do not form the words with your mind but provide your vocal cords and breath.
Interpretation of tongues differs in that the Holy Spirit gives our spirit the gist of what is coming forth and we use our mind only to put it in our own language. Tongues with interpretation is equivalent to prophesy.
Paul explains how to flow in the Spirit. “15 What should I do? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also. I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 16 Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who fills the place of the unlearned say the “Amen” at your giving of thanks, seeing he doesn’t know what you say? 17 For you most certainly give thanks well, but the other person is not built up. 18 I thank my God, I speak with other languages more than you all. 19 However, in the assembly I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in another language.1 Corinthians 14:15-19 WMB
The word of prophesy comes to our spirit and mind. Sometimes, we only get 1 or 2 words and simply trust the Holy Spirit to give us the rest while we speak. Sometimes we see pictures or symbols in our minds eye and trust the Holy Spirit to give us the meaning. We only speak what the Spirit is prompting if goes with the overall flow of the Spirit in our gathering.
Jesus spoke of living water. “A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Yeshua said to her, “Give me a drink.” For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman therefore said to him, “How is it that you, being a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Yeshua answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” John 4:7-10 WMB
Jesus was speaking of the living water to come at Pentecost.
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. Acts 7:37-39 ISV
On the Day of Pentecost, Peter explained to the Crowd.
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spake forth unto them,’saying , Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and give ear unto my words. For these are not drunken, as ye suppose; seeing it is but the third hour of the day. but this is that which hath been spoken through the prophet Joel:
And it shall be in the last days, saith God, I will pour forth of my Spirit upon all flesh: And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see visions, And your old men shall dream dreams:
Yea and on my servants and on my handmaidens in those days Will I pour forth of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. Acts 2:14-18 ASV
When we enter the flow of the living waters the gifts of the Spirit are manifested. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12:7 ISV