Romans 8:26b (MSG) …God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.
The Holy Spirit is the One who really knows how to pray. Be alert for the “breath prayers” that emerge deep within you. They are “words that find their way to the surface from the depths of your soul and that carry with them a whole new power and meaning because they are forged in the caldron of our deepest longings for God.” “Lord, have mercy on me.” “My God, you are my all.” It is so simple that it requires no thought to remember it—usually only six to eight syllables, and it can be prayed with the inhalation and exhalation of our breathing. It emerges without our having to think about it. It enables us to pray without ceasing. It calms us and connects us to the Lord. It is not rooted in Eastern meditation nor is it the “heaping up of empty phrases” that Jesus warned against (Matt. 6:5). “Here I am, Lord,” is another. Listen for the breath prayer that the Spirit is inspiring in your soul.