Just Pray (by Tim Klink of Prison Discipleship Ministry)
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Several years ago I had the privilege of visiting with the vice president of the country of Peru. I was a part of a business venture that was seeking to do business with the Peruvian government, and we had thirty minutes with him to present our proposal. Before we were permitted to enter his office, we were briefed on the protocol we were to observe with him. We were told how to address him, and everything we needed to know so as not to offend him in any way. The one who briefed us was acting in a similar manner as the Holy Spirit does when we pray. He takes our prayer that is not perfect, and presents it to the perfect God on our behalf.
When we entered the office of the vice president, I was still very nervous, but with the guidance of the one who instructed us, we managed to present our proposal and did not offend the man or his position. When we enter into prayer before the God of the universe, we can do so with confidence knowing that the Holy Spirit living within the believer has taken what is on our heart, and made it acceptable and accurate before God. With the Holy Spirit guiding our prayer and presenting it before God, the believer should never hesitate to pray.
When you stop for a moment and consider Who it is that is involved in your prayer, God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, as well as the Holy Spirit, you can have confidence that what you ask will be answered within God’s will and plan in His perfect timing. It is estimated that there are over thirty-three thousand promises in the Word of God. Every one of them are backed by the One whom your prayer is directed to. I once had a Pastor who said that God is not in the business of idle chit-chat. What he was trying to illustrate to us was that everything that God said, He meant. Every time God said He would do something, He did it. So, just pray.