“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” —Romans 8:26-27
In the shadow of the holiness of God, not only do we realize our weakness in worship, but we also recognize our ignorance in prayer. He is the sovereign God, ruling and reigning over all. He is omniscient, knowing all things. How can we possibly pray in situations and circumstances that are not specifically written in scripture? Oh, what a blessed comfort it is to each one of us to know that the Holy Spirit groans without utterance to intercede for us!
SIDE NOTE: This is NOT a proof text for some kind of spiritual gibberish that some people want to call “speaking in tongues.” I don’t believe they can be uttered because this is holy communication between the three Persons of the Trinity. Furthermore, the Spirit is making intercession for countless souls simultaneously. Finally, since the text itself says that they are “groanings which cannot be uttered,” in other words, they are “unspeakable sighs,” that just doesn’t make any kind of sense that we would attempt to speak an “unknown language” when the Spirit Himself is not even speaking.
As Jesus Christ makes continual intercession for our salvation unto the uttermost (Hebrews 7:25), the Holy Spirit also intercedes on our behalf. The Spirit’s prayers provide that work in us toward our perseverance as it is written, “that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). The Holy Spirit’s prayers are perfect, proper and powerful.
And through this heavenly communication, “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). This is one of the reasons why all things work together for good; it is because God is at work with unutterable groaning until that day when Christ Jesus comes.
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Read the previous article in this series, “Christian Groanings“ (Romans 8:23-25).