The book of Psalms is the prayer book of the church. We are in error, if we think that we can let our untransformed hearts lead the way, in prayer. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote about this:
"We confuse wishes, hopes, sighs, laments, rejoicings–all of which the heart can do by itself–with prayer. And we confuse earth and heaven, man and God. Prayer does not mean simply to pour out one’s heart. It means rather to find the way to God and to speak with him, whether the heart is full or empty. No man can do that by himself. For that he needs Jesus Christ.” -Bonhoeffer, PsalmsWhen I was at my lowest point in life, the most depressed and hopeless, I still was able to put some small hope in God. Looking back, I realize that my spirit was alive. Even though my life was crashing, my spirit was able to get guidance from heaven.
My spirit was able to receive prayer instructions. I got the idea to pray, "keep me safe", or, "please watch over me while I am driving". Looking back, I was very vulnerable to having a horrible car accident. We are always vulnerable, but this was my collision course, planned by the enemy.
I was backslidden, I had not repented, although I was slowly getting the idea to. The Holy Spirit was moving through my spirit, his kindness was operating in my life (Rom. 2:4). The idea I got was to pray to be kept safe.
God answered my prayer. He kept me safe, even though I drove in reckless, very foolish, danger. Even when disciplinary action came to me, if was with great kindness. Don't get me wrong, I needed to be kept safe before and after that season, but there was a special unction or prodding to pray, "keep me safe", at that time.