Did you ever consider how prayer is like a horn relay?
You know that when you press the horn button on the steering wheel, what you’re doing is completing a circuit, right?
No? Well, let’s think about it. All the wiring is in place to honk the horn, but the horn normally isn’t sitting there honking. Why not? Because the circuit is not completed — the electricity doesn’t have a path from the battery to the horn and back. But when you push the horn button on the steering wheel, you complete the circuit. (Honnnnnnnnnnnk!)
Now the horn could be rigged up just like I’ve described: battery to horn, to horn button, back to battery. But there’s one more detail.
The horn on a car takes a lot of amps to honk. But having that much juice sitting there ready to complete the honker circuit is hard on a little horn switch in a steering wheel. Over time, it would cause corrosion and would cause the switch to fail.
That’s where the horn relay comes in. The big wire with power to honk the horn doesn’t go to the horn button in the steering wheel, but to the horn relay. Then a little wimpy wire goes up to the horn button and back to that relay. When you press the horn button, then, you complete a wimpy little circuit to the relay. “Uh, horn relay, um, could you — I mean, would you mind honking…” “Sure!” says the relay, and throws the power to the horn. HONNNNNNK!
So it is that by means of a pitiful little switch and a wimpy little wire, a powerful horn honks.
And that’s how prayer is like a horn relay.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words…
(Only of course, God isn’t sitting there passive waiting for us to press the horn button, but He’s working in us or we never would do it… and what’s so spiritual about honking your horn anyway, shouldn’t prayer be like the power steering, or the gas pedal? Ah well. There it is, for what it’s worth. ;)