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.

This passage of scripture has always been very special to me. We know that Jesus is our Intercessor in heaven Who is always praying for us. In today’s verse we find that the Holy Spirit is also praying over each of us. So all three members of the trinity are involved in this amazing transaction. Both Jesus and the Holy Spirit are talking to the Father on our behalf. This is really hard to imagine; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all collaborating together about me. The best part of all this, it is actually happening in us and through us. Here is how the Life in the Spirit Commentary describes this verse.

“So the problem is not that we do not know how to pray, but our circumstances are such that we often do not know what to pray. There is a certain confusion that accompanies living in two realms simultaneously. What do we pray when the conditions of the present age, to which we no longer belong, seem so much more real and pressing than those of the world we can only experience partially in the here and now? Although we are assured of deliverance from death and release from temptation at the resurrection, how do we pray in the meantime when sin and death still confront us? We have this assurance, however, that the Spirit is praying for us “in accordance with God’s will.” Furthermore, though we do not comprehend what the Spirit is praying, God certainly does because he “knows the mind of the Spirit”.

The Holy Spirit is truly our Helper. When we yield to the Spirit and allow Him to pray through us we tend to become more and more aware of the realm of the Spirit. This is the place that our will begins to mingle with His will which radically changes what we even pray about. God’s kingdom becomes our passion, kingdom prayers become our prayers. This is what Jesus meant when He said seek first the kingdom and God will take care of everything that pertains to you.

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