There is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding. Job 32:8 (NKJV)
Catherine Marshall in her book The Helper provided keen insight into the Holy Spirit’s intercessory role:
Unquestionably, all of us need massive help with praying aright. So set is our flesh against praying at all that the Helper’s first task is to create in us even the basic desire to pray. He is the One Who also spotlights for us the prayer-need or topic for prayer by creating a “concern” within us.
Then the Helper has to uncover for us the essence, or kernel, of what it is we really want. Usually, the true desire at the heart of our prayer petition is buried under debris that obscures and muddles the real issue.
It is also the Helper’s task to show us the blockages in the way of a given prayer-petition: any self-seeking, our desire to control, any resentments and unconfessed sin, etc.
He is also the One who gives us His own prayer faith; also His fervor to replace our tepid love and caring.
As we recognize our ignorance about praying aright and our helplessness, and actively seek the Spirit’s help, our prayer life becomes the anteroom to amazing adventure.