“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27).

The Holy Spirit has been given to every child of God. He dwells in him, not as a separate being in one part of his nature but as his very life. He is the divine power by which our life is maintained and strengthened. The Holy Spirit can and will work in a believer all that one is called to be or to do. Of course, the person on his part must yield to the Holy Spirit. Without this, the Spirit cannot work and the person’s spiritual life will be less effective. But as he learns to yield, to wait, and to obey the leading of the Spirit, God will work in him all that is pleasing in His sight.

The Holy Spirit, above all, is a Spirit of prayer. He intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. As we pray in the Spirit, our worship is as God desires it to be, in spirit and in truth. Prayer is simply the breathing of the Spirit in us; power in prayer comes from the power of the Holy Spirit in us as we wait on Him. Failure in prayer is the result of a human spirit that is not yielded to the Spirit of God. In this sense, prayer is a gauge that measures the work of the Spirit within us.

Each day, accept the Holy Spirit as your guide, your strength, the one who reveals Christ to you, your very life. Unseen but known by faith, he gives all the love, faith, and power for obedience that one needs. God has so created us that the exercise of every healthy function causes joy. Prayer is meant to be as simple and natural to the believer as breathing or working is to a healthy individual. Lack of prayer is likely due to a stagnant state of life. Do not despair or lose hope; there is a solution. What is impossible with man is possible with God.

Adapted from Power in Prayer by A. Murray