We did not need lessons from our parents on how to pray. We begin life with a cry. While the many observers of human births may not see the expansion of our lungs and chest all who could hear heard the sound of our voice. Like the baby’s newborn cry, the cry of the newborn-from-above is Spirit-borne. When we pray we are also engaged something God initiates and supervises.
And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba! Father! Galatians 4:6
It is the Spirit who cries, uttring the first exciting words of the newborn-from-above. It is neccessary that the cry of the adopted child be uttered by God, the parent. A human baby utters its first cry as a plea for comfort.
Imagine our prayer life having the same heavenly arrangement
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26
We do not know what to say when we pray that the believer’s mind must get its cues directly from the Holy Spirit even when the human mind is unfruitful (not producing). See 1 Corinthians 14
For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 14:2
It is not only into narratives that we inject ourselves, taking on starring roles, duties as extras, we are also featured in those sayings that have no drama.
John 12:25 tells us about loss of life to those who love their lives, and it may seem simple and straightforward to keep eternal life without hating the present situation.
Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Whose team do we join when the crowd is saying “Crucify him”? When the choice is to flee to safety or stay and endure persecution which path do we elevate as righteous? If we are not in touch with God on a one-to-one basis all the lists about how to live successfully are useless. We can keep pinning our hopes on compliance with hundreds of regulations or we can throw ourselves into the stream of Holy Spirit praying for us.