Here is another quote from The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbs. This one has to do with the lack of desire to pray due to difficulties in life…
A Christian complains he cannot pray. “Oh I am troubled with so many distracting thoughts, and never more than now!” But has He put in your heart a desire to pray? Then He will hear the desires of His own Spirit in you. “We know not what we sould pray for as we ought (Nor how to do anything else as we ought), but the Spirit helps our infirmities with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26), which cannot be hid from God. “My groaning is not hid from thee” (Psalm 38:9). God can pick sense out of a confused prayer. These desires cry louder in His ears than your sins. Sometimes a Christian has such confused thoughts that he can say nothing but, as a child cries, “O Father,” not able to express what he needs, like Moses at the Red Sea. These stirrings of spirit touch the heart of God and melt him into compassion toward us, when they come from the Spirit of adoption, and from a striving to be better.
Isn’t that a comfort to know that we don’t have to know how to pray… that all we have to do is cry out to God… in our weakness… and He not only hears, but answers according to His loving compassion.
Again… I suggest purchasing The Bruised Reed and make it part of your weekly devotion!