Have you ever been at a loss of what, or how, to pray in a given situation or for someone? While last week we explored hope and how it carries us through difficult times (Romans 8:24-25), these two verses offer another benefit of the new life of the Holy Spirit. This time in the area of our prayers:
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us . . . . ” – vs. 26
How does God’s Spirit intercede for the believer? “. . . with groans that words can not express,” (vs. 26).
Perhaps no other Scripture gives greater encouragement in our prayer life. Dale Moody (Broadman Bible Commentary) writes: “The little English verb helps (vs. 26) translates a big verb in Greek. It is used elsewhere in the New Testament only when Martha called Mary to help her prepare a meal (Luke 10:40).”
For all of us who relate to Martha, this is huge encouragement!
God’s Spirit not only helps when we’re low on faith and/or uncertain what to pray, He also intercedes according to God’s will. And “He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit . . . .” (vs. 27).
- In the mystery, and sometimes confusion, of knowing what to pray we can have confidence that the Holy Spirit will intercede for us according to God’s will.
- Because God helps us pray we don’t need to fear coming before Him with our requests.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede “according to God’s will,” then trust Him for the results.
Inspiring and excellent post, KD! So many times I am left in awe and simply pray “Thank You” or “Have Mercy” –the Spirit does know and intercede, a wonderful hope for a tongue-tied prayer like me! God’s rich blessings to you and your ministry! In Christ, Luke
Thanks for sharing Luke! I struggle in this area as well. It’s an incredible comfort to realize the Holy Spirit helps in our weakness. Blessings to you and your ministry also!
Thank you, KD, God’s peace, love and blessings to you and yours, Luke