Romans 8:26-27, “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. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Often misunderstood, these verses don’t refer to us groaning – and our groaning being interpreted. These verses do however tell us that we don’t know how to pray as we ought to. And the grace in this is, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us according to God’s will.

So seeing that we ‘don’t know’ how we ought to pray, we need to turn to Scripture for guidance. And perhaps we can start with short prayers we regularly repeat – not babbling as the pagans, but be true and sincere in our prayers!

Perhaps we can use portions of the Psalms as your prayers. Take Psalm 23, you can pray “Lord, you are my Shepherd; let me not desire anything else. Allow me to rest in your care, and experience your peace. Restore my soul as you lead me in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. Amen.”

This practice can shift our entire thought life towards a greater, and more prayerful, consciousness of ourselves before God because we find ourselves in His presence more often than not.