Q: I have two questions: Is speaking in tongues and praying in tongues different things? Is praying in the Holy Spirit synonymous to praying in tongues?

A: First question: Yes, depending on who you are talking to.

If you are talking to God it’s considered PRAYING.

If you are talking to people then you should make sure there is an interpretation to what you are SPEAKING so that people can understand what the Spirit is SPEAKING.

Speaking in Tongues to People (known languages): Acts 2:4, 1 Corinthians 12:10

Speaking in Tongues (unknown languages): 1 Corinthians 13:1, 1 Corinthians 14:2

Praying in Tongues to God (unknown languages): 1 Corinthians 14:2, 1 Corinthians 14:28

1 Corinthians 14:2 For 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 14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Second question: Yes, Apostles Paul and Apostle Jude use “praying with the Spirit” and “praying in the Holy Ghost” synonymously with “praying in tongues.”

Praying or Singing in the Spirit and Praying in the Holy Ghost is Praying in Tongues (unknown languages): 1 Corinthians 14:14-16, Jude 20

1 Corinthians 14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
15 What is it then? 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.

Jude 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

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