Rom.8:27 – 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.
Rom.8:34 – Christ Jesus is He who died, but rather, was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
Jesus gave us a glimpse of the coming ministry of the Holy Spirit in His teaching the night before He was crucified. He said, “But I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I am leaving; for if I do not leave, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you”.
The word helper here is Paracletos or Advocate. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would come to help us. If you look carefully at the two verses from Romans that I quoted, you will see that we now have two Advocates or Intercessors. Jesus is praying for us in heaven and the Holy Spirit is praying for us here and now inside of us. Wow!! Two persons of the Trinity are praying to the Father for me. Here is how Arthur Wallis describes this in his book “Pray in the Spirit”.
“Notice that there is a difference in the location of these two intercessors. Christ intercedes “at the right hand of God”. He is our “Advocate with the Father”. The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, intercedes in the hearts of men. Christ’s intercession is apart from us; the Holy Spirit’s is within us. We cannot help, nor can we hinder the intercession of Christ Jesus, our great High Priest. Whether we follow hard after Him or follow afar off, whether we are hot or cold, spiritual or carnal, His intercession continues unceasingly. “I am praying . . . for those whom Thou hast given Me”. Nothing we do can touch that intercession, for it proceeds on the ground of what He has done for us, His death and resurrection, not what we have done or are doing for Him. It is therefore not affected by our ups and downs. What an encouragement to know that He has inscribed our names on His “prayer list” for all time.”
This is quite amazing to me, all three persons of the Trinity are moving on my behalf; Jesus and the Holy Spirit interceding, the Father answering the prayers. Learning to yield to the Holy Spirit in prayer is a huge benefit in our Christian life; this is how we become God’s vehicle on earth.