The Spirit Helps In Our Weaknesses
One of the most blessed privileges we have as God’s children is the avenue of prayer. We have been promised by God that He will always hear and answer our prayers. The Psalmist so beautifully stated, “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are open to their cry.” (Psa. 34:15) Consider the words of the apostle John. “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 Jn. 5:14-15). Jesus taught His disciples, “…men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” (Lk. 18:1) The apostle Paul encouraged the brethren to pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). In other words, we should pray every opportunity we have and always be ready to pray. Though you may be aware of all the previously noted passages, do you ever find yourself knowing that you need to pray and even having the desire to pray, but you don’t know exactly what you should say to God? What are we to do? Consider the following passage. “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Rom. 8:26-27)
First of all, realize that those times are coming. A major key in overcoming any difficulty in life is by recognizing the reality of the problem. We must realize that regardless of how spiritually strong we may be, we all experience occasions when we don’t know what to say. This can be seen in Paul’s use of the word “weaknesses.” We all experience times of weakness, no matter who we may be. This can also be seen in the word “groanings.” This word refers to the sighs of those who are oppressed. Obviously, this word has reference to the Christians who are praying and not the Holy Spirit. In commenting on this passage, brother Guy N. Woods said, “Every man who is devoted to the Lord finds times when deep down in his heart there are vague desires and longings, and a sense of need, that he is unable to put in words. These are the groanings which cannot be uttered. These are the groanings which the Holy Spirit conveys to the Father in our prayers. ” Even Paul said in the passage at hand that we don’t always know what we should pray for. The Psalmist said, “My heart pants, my strength fails me; as for the light of my eyes, it also has gone from me.” (Psa. 38:10) What was David saying? There were times in his life when he knew that he needed to pray, but due to the overwhelming circumstances, he didn’t know what to say.
Second, realize that you need help. Regardless of how skillfully trained one may be in speech, there are times when words fail us. Some of the burdens that we encounter in life are a lot like a very heavy object that we can not move alone. We need help.
Third, realize that we have help. When we encounter a difficulty that we can’t bear alone, Paul said that the Spirit is there to help us carry that burden to God. The word “help” as used in this context means “to lay hold along with or come to the aid of someone.” How does the Spirit help us? He does this through the process of intercession. He pleads our case to the Father. The Heavenly Father who is all knowing, looks within our hearts, sees our needs and desires and fulfills them according to His will. What an amazing process. Even when we don’t know what to say, and we don’t know what to do, God always knows. Therefore, what should we do when we find ourselves in such a situation? Just keep on praying. God is going to take care of you and give you everything you need in life.