Rom.8:26,27 – Now in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
As the world gets darker, our ability to tap into the supernatural help of God becomes more critical. In this verse, Paul says that the Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses and then proceeds to tall us exactly how. He says that He intercedes on our behalf through our groaning. This is amazing and essential for us to understand. Our groaning and praying in the Spirit are more than just aimless human groans. The Holy Spirit joins together with us and prays through our utterances the very mysteries and the power of God. This is real help; this is help today in all of our situations. Here is how the New American Commentary describes this:
“God understands what the Spirit desires even though it is inexpressible in human terms. God is the one who has complete access to the heart. His knowledge is direct, not dependent upon one’s ability to articulate concerns. God is a searcher of hearts and knows the desires of the Spirit as the Spirit intercedes for us. He knows that the Spirit is interceding for saints in harmony with his will. No passage of Scripture provides greater encouragement for prayer. The Spirit comes to the aid of believers baffled by the perplexity of prayer and takes their concerns to God with an intensity far greater than we could ever imagine. Our groans become his as he intercedes on our behalf.”
Take advantage of this huge benefit you have as a Christian. Don’t make the mistake of thinking these supernatural utterances and groaning are insignificant. Don’t be embarrassed by the primitive nature of our Christian faith. This is the very breath and fabric of our lives. He helps us; He helps us in us and through us. He is involved in the middle of our lives and in the middle of our messes. Jesus told us He had to go away so the Helper (Paraclete) would come. He has come and He comes on the scene every time we pray. Activate Him as the Helper in your life. This is the strength of our Christian faith.