” . . . the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought . . .” ~ Romans 8:26
Some people find prayer difficult. For some, prayer comes easy on one day, and not at all on the next. This difficulty leads some to abandon it altogether.
Rowan Williams has this to say about prayer:
First and foremost, prayer is God’s work in us. It is not us trying to persuade God to be nice to us or to get God interested in us. It is opening our minds and our hearts and saying to the Father, ‘Here is your Son, praying in me through the Holy Spirit. Please listen to him, because I want him to be working, acting, and loving in me.’
Of all the things we say about prayer, we must continually remind ourselves that our best prayers come from God and go to God. God is already interested in us, so much so that his Spirit enables our spirits to speak to directly to the Father. May this encourage us to pray faithfully and frequently.
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom
nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon
us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.