The Bible study group chat I belong to dings daily with requests for prayer. There are people bordering our lives dealing with pain every day. How are we supposed to pray, both for our own requests to God and for those on behalf of others? Scripture promises that the Holy Spirit Himself translates and deciphers our prayers as they drift into heaven. He offers a supernatural comfort to those who are in pain and suffering.
There is a basic outline for prayer many of us learn in Sunday school, which is rooted in the prayer Jesus taught His disciples to pray. First to praise God, remembering and reciting who He is and the wondrous things He has made and done. Next comes our gratitude, as we spill our hearts of all we are thankful for in our lives. Even in dire straights, we can find many things to be thankful for. Thirdly, we confess our sins and lift our worries up to God, because He cares for us and has made a way for us to be forgiven, forever. And lastly, we lay our requests for His healing, provision, blessing and guidance on our behalf and those of others.