Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
This has always been one of my favorite verses in the scriptures. I guess I love the joining together of the spiritual and the practical. The Lord uses our vocal cords to pray, to actually pray for us and to bring divine help our way. Of course, this verse describes one of the most intimate relationships available to us. The Holy Spirit, who lives inside of every Christian, begins to express Himself in us and through us through these heavenly groanings. This passage teaches us about help, real help, in the areas we need it the most. The Spirit “helps us” in our weaknesses. This word help is very descriptive in the original text. Paul used the greek word sunantilambanomai. Wow, what an unusual word. Here is the definition of this word from Strong’s and Thayer’s word books.
Help-Likewise the Spirit also helpeth * sunantilambanomai -to take hold of opposite together, that is, co-operate (assist): – help
1) to lay hold along with, to strive to obtain with others, help in obtaining
2) to take hold with another
What this passage says is that this unusual person, the Holy Spirit joins together with us against our weaknesses. What a powerful help, there is no situation we have to face alone, no battle we need to fight in our own strength, the HELPER is there to join with us in all of our weaknesses.
What kind of weakness are you dealing with? Are you trying to win that battle in your own strength? Maybe you are struggling with old habits, He can provide real strength to live free from those old addictions. Maybe you are facing weakness, or sickness in your body, the Holy Spirit is an awesome healer and is able to bring wholeness to your body. Maybe you are involved in ministry and the obstacles in your way seem insurmountable; be encouraged, He will provide all of the strength and help you need to accomplish the work He has called you to fulfill.
How can you access this strength; by praying in the Spirit. In this place of powerful intimacy we begin to experience His incredible help. This help is real, unlimited, and available today for each of us.