Prayer is the gift of the Spirit. Often we wonder how to pray, when to
pray, and what to pray. We can become very concerned about methods and
techniques of prayer. But finally it is not we who pray but the Spirit who
prays in us.
Paul says: "The Spirit ... comes to help us in our weakness, for, when we
do not know how to pray properly, then the Spirit personally makes our
petitions for us in groans that cannot be put into words; and he who can see
into all hearts knows what the Spirit means because the prayers that the Spirit
makes for God's holy people are always in accordance with the mind of God"
(Romans 8:26-27). These words explain why the Spirit is called "the