It has been said that the only thing we can truly do without God’s help is say no to God.
Simon Peter was on the verge of doing just that when he attempted to refuse to let Christ wash his feet. When he was told of the implications, he did a 180-degree turn and was ready to be washed more than anyone in the room.
What this further means is that as long as we are not saying no to God, we know we are not alone and we are not without his help that is always on offer. Are we having difficulty praying? As long as we are not refusing God’s help and not trying to do it all by ourselves, help is guaranteed. If we are refusing help (remember: the Holy Spirit is called the Helper in some translations of the Gospel of John), then we are truly on our own in that. Could this be the unforgivable sin?
Just remember: our mere receptivity itself is not possible without God’s help. Jesus himself said that without him we can do nothing. Except say no to God, which, when you think about it, is a real big nothing.