At the wedding in Cana of Galilee, Mary came to her son, Jesus, and said “They have no wine” (Matt. 2:3). This is one of the simplest and best examples of prayer.
“Prayer is bringing your helplessness to Jesus” says Paul E. Miller in his new book, A Praying Life, Connecting with God in a Distracting World. He goes on to say this…
Throughout the book of John we see people coming to Jesus because of their helplessness. The Samaritan woman has no water (John 4). Later in that same chapter, the official’s son has no health. The crippled man by the pool of Bethesda has no help to get into the water (John 5). The crowd has no bread (John 6). The blind man has no sight (John 9). And finally, Lazarus has no life (John 11).
…We forget that helplessness is how the Christian life works.