Romans 8:26, “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.”
It is said that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. When using a chain to tow something, this is certainly true. Sometimes a chain link need to be welded in order to fix it and make it strong again. It needs help so that the chain can be complete again. The welder needs to use good material to make the link even stronger than other links. This is how it is in the spiritual world too. We are linked to God but sometimes we break that chain. We don’t always know how to fix it. In our weakness, the Spirit makes us strong.
The Spirit helps in our weaknesses. We have so many times in life when we become weak. If we do not get enough sleep, we tend to make more mistakes. When we do not eat enough, we tend to get more irritable. When we get stressed, we tend to say or do things we would not normally do. Worse, when these things happen, we tend to forget our Supplier. We need the Holy Spirit to come in these times of weakness. He is our help. He is all we need.
We do not know what we should pray. When we pray, we sometimes get lost in our own thoughts. We sometimes just ramble on or repeat the same things over and over again. We think about what we need but we don’t say it. We need to say it out loud. We need to make our requests known to God. When we can’t or don’t know what to say, the Spirit will go ahead of us and tell the Father. He will speak when we lose the words.
As we ought. We should know what we want or need. Sometimes we are nervous about asking God. Sometimes we do not think we are deserving of it. Sometimes we are just unsure. We should be able to talk to our Heavenly Father as we want to. We can come to Him and be open. He already knows our thoughts. He knows our concerns. Why hide them? Reveal them to Him as if He doesn’t know them.
The Spirit Himself makes intercession for us. As I stated, the Spirit will speak for us. As part of the Triune God, the Spirit is connected to God the Father. The Spirit can act like a guide, helping us with what we need when we need it. This is help in many ways including what to do or not do. This also includes prayer. Prayer can be difficult for some. The Spirit is there to help.
With groanings which cannot be uttered. Sometimes, when praying in the Spirit, the words that come out are not tangible words. They will only make sense to God. This is similar to tongues. Think of this as a special language used between the Spirit and God through you. These “noises” may not make sense to us, but will make sense to our Father, as the Spirit will be the translator. We may be weak in prayer, but the Spirit is strong. The Spirit makes us strong when we are clearly weak.
Thank You that You gave us the Spirit to help us communicate with You. We are not always confident in our prayers and You know this. Sometimes we are afraid to talk to You. You are our Father so we should be able to talk to You. You are also our friend. We can talk to You because You already know our ways and thoughts. You know us because You made us. We are made in Your image. We need the Holy Spirit to intercede always for us.
In Your name we pray,