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.

(Romans 8:26-27 ESV)

Prayer is a struggle. It’s a struggle between our flesh, the world, and the devil. God allows us access to his throne room in the spiritual realm, because of the sacrifice of Jesus. All followers of Jesus come to the Father by faith, and the fact that Jesus shed his blood on a cross to reunite us to God. We are born into the world in the image of God, but also as aliens to his Kingdom.

Christ’ intercession on our behalf allows us access to our Father in heaven. Jesus overcame all evil through his death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead. God has given us his Spirit so that we can know his mind and heart. The Holy Spirit helps us as we pray. We use the word of God to help us pray according to God’s will, and to be sensitive to the promptings of His Spirit.

Effective praying requires diligence. We don’t become “prayer warriors” by being passive in our pursuit of God. As we seek to pray we must battle spiritual laziness, demonic attack, and a variety of distraction. As we struggle in prayer God will help, and empower us by his Spirit.