Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought.Romans 8:26
Learning to Pray
When I was a child,
I was convinced that
my prayers would not be heard
if I did not pray them properly -
if I did not address you in the correct way,
or use the right words,
or pray them sincerely,
and with true faith.
And when my prayers were not heard,
I knew that I was not praying as I ought.
When I became an adult,
I put away my childish ways.
But when my prayers were still not heard,
I became that child again,
wondering what I was doing wrong.
Was I still not praying as I ought?
I am old enough now, I suppose,
to realize that I see this world so dimly,
even on my clearest days.
I have never understood myself,
or the world around me,
and your ways have never been my ways.
So why should I expect to know how to pray?
Now, I am learning to pray, but not as I ought.
Instead, I am learning to trust in
your Spirit-breathed sighs,
interceding for me in ways
I cannot begin to understand.
I breathe the air around me,
unseen but always present, like your Spirit,
my every breath a prayer, joined with yours,
that fills my soul, and gives me rest.