"The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God." verses 26-27
The Spirit is there to be alongside us in our praying. Maybe you don't know what to really say to God; that is, what to ask for. Or maybe you are just too bogged down with a problem in your life that you find it hard to pray. Here is where the Holy Spirit enters the picture.
Do you ever think about the Holy Spirit praying to God on your behalf?
Notice, too, that the Holy Spirit speaks to God (in a language we don't understand) by asking what will be done according to God's will. Maybe what you prayed for isn't according to God's will. The Holy Spirit will change the petition as the prayer is brought before God.
Here's the part I would like you to imagine. When you get done saying a prayer, pause for a moment and think of the Holy Spirit praying to God for you. I believe if you do so, you will discover that you really are not alone in praying. What comfort we receive from this passage!
My message on Sunday will focus on the Spirit's role and would ask in preparation that you reflect on these verses from Romans.
Discipleship Questions for Reflection
Have you had times in your life of prayer when you didn't know how to pray?
Have you had times when you were at a loss for words in praying?
Think of the comfort these words give to us as human beings in coming before our almighty God.