“One of my neighbors,” Stan began, “has a very nice flower garden. He spends a lot of time on it with the result that there are some beautiful flowers.”
“That’s great!” I responded.
Continuing, Stan said, “And he is very generous in giving flower arrangements to all of the neighbors.”
“But,” he continued, “as good as he is at growing flowers, he is not very good at arranging them. He has recognized that deficiency and does his best. He then has his wife put the finishing touches on the arrangements. She is excellent at doing that with near-perfect results.”
“Sounds like a good way to produce the best, by working together,” I replied.
“Just like my prayers,” Stan said.
“Your prayers?” I asked. “What do you mean?”
“It’s clear to me,” Stan replied, “that I don’t know how to pray as I should. I do my best, but I give my prayers to the Holy Spirit to put the finishing touches on them before they are presented to God.”
“And,” Stan continued with a smile, “sometimes my prayers need a whole lot more than ‘finishing touches.’ They need a total re-do to make them presentable.”
“The Holy Spirit does that?” I asked.
“Yes, my friend, He does,” Stan replied. “All I have to do is ask!”
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit. Ephesians 6:18.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you allow me to come before you in prayer. And thank you for your provision of your Holy Spirit who will take my inadequate prayers and petitions and make them totally presentable to you. I need and ask for your leading and my following in always praying in the Spirit so that while I acknowledge the inadequacy of my prayers, I acknowledge the total adequacy of His intercession on my behalf. Help me, Lord, to take full advantage of everything you provide in my praying and in seeking a greater knowledge and understanding of you. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.