Like some other fellow Christians, it is not often that I feel led by the Spirit to pray "without understanding", after having already prayed "with understanding". It is only in times of great crisis , that in desperation to "get the "ear of the Lord", that this occurs. In common with others, my life is based firmly on statements that I have read in the Bible. I append below, an extract from a message that I wrote on a sub-forum, concerning confidence in prayer : -
"Paul wrote in his epistles "If we ask for anything according to His will, He hears us - and if we know that He hears us, then we know that we have the petitions that we ask" (subject to His omniscient knowledge of what is best for us). This is why, although some say "Pray through till the burden lifts" - my experience of the Lord is that, if He tells me "I have heard you!" - that is good enough for me, I know the matter is in His capable hands - all I have to do is trust Him! "
You will doubtless like millions of others worldwide, have been praying for the successful rescue of the Thai lads trapped far underground in a flooded cave complex. I followed it at every available stages of reporting, praying often "with understanding" - deeply aware of the lads anxiety as to, whether or not, they would be discovered and rescued. Thanks to the Lord's orchestration of events, they were discovered and rescued in time - despite enormous difficulties. Not the least being the fact that they were not swimmers - remembering the almost over-powering fear I experienced at my own initial stage of learning. The desperate flailing around of a person in fear of drowning is much to be feared by would-be rescuers (Thank you "Royal Life Saving Society" for teaching that necessary skill - I do remember what I learnt for my basic Bronze medal test - I was given a very determined/bigger "pretend victim" - certainly no "push-over"!) - hence the very wise decision to heavily sedate those being rescued, So at some stages in the completely flooded areas, a rescuer could hold firmly onto one of the lads - both getting air from their individual Scuba tanks - the difficulties encountered at the < 16" "choke-point" being particularly fraught with danger, requiring temporary detachment from the scuba tanks and passing them on ahead - and then in less flooded areas where it was possible to wade or crawl - a lad would be strapped onto a stretcher for 2 rescuers to carry their semi-conscious lad! ...
It is for that reason, that I am convinced all would-be learner swimmers need to be taught the basics of just floating in various attitudes - "waving the arms and legs" around to provide some propulsion comes after that essential first step!
... On the last day of the rescue when there remained yet another 4 lads and their coach to be brought out. (Incidently, I was impressed that their coach who had spent time as a Bhuddist monk, gave up his share of the birthday snack celebration stuff they had brought with them, and that he taught them how to meditate and use as little energy as possible, on that rather cramped inclined muddy shelf above the flood waters in the cavern.) The current situation was being reported, when in concerned anguish of heart, with tears my "indwelling Spirit" burst out in prayer - sounds unintelligible to me. When it ceased, I was astonished to hear the almost audible voice say "I have heard you!" - astonishment, because although I have heard the Lord say that sometimes after praying "with understanding" - it was the first time He had said that to me after a "tongue". Some time after, I asked the Lord what all the "gibberish" meant and got what I think was the answer "It was your spirit crying out to My Spirit!". I knew that the whole business was in His hands - the best most capable hands of all!
I do not for one moment think that my poor prayers amounted to anything much, but with the outpouring of concern globally - and primarily the concern of the Lord Himself - the battle was won. It was just sad that one of the rescuers lost his life in the preparation for the rescue attempt, while delivering oxygen bottles into the cavern, to bolster the low oxygen content of the air - may the Lord bless and protect that rescuers family!