I am so sorry, precious reader, I am late with the devotion today, but it is Sunshine’s BIRTHDAY!! We had big plans, and I am just now able to get this up and running! Let’s dig in, so grab your coffee/tea/soda/lemonade/whatever you like, and here we go!
Now we will see how the Holy Spirit will help us as we intercede for others. We can intercede with our understanding, as Abraham did, or we can intercede with out spirits in tongues or in groaning and travail. But, we must keep in mind that intercession can only be accomplished by the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s look in Romans 8 to gain insight on the Holy Spirit’s role as we intercede for others.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
26 So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance (in articulate speech).
Dr. P. C. Nelson, a Greek scholar, told me that the actual Greek reads, “…with groanings that cannot be uttered in articulate speech.” Articulate speech means your regular kind of speech; your native language. Therefore, Romans 8:26 also includes praying in tongues and praying with groanings. That agrees with what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:14.
1 Corinthians 14:14
Amplified Bible (AMP)
14 For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the [a]Holy Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive [it bears no fruit and helps nobody].
Can you see the connection between Romans 8:26 and 1 Corinthians 14:14? In both of these verses, the Holy Spirit enables our spirit to pray apart from our understanding.
According to Romans 8:26, we don’t always know for what to pray as we ought. We think we do sometimes, but we don’t. We can’t possibly know in our natural mind everything we should pray about in every situation and circumstance.
Therefore, praying with our understanding sometimes falls far short of what we ought to do in this kind of praying. We should pray as much as we know in our understanding, of course. But, sometimes just praying a few words in general for others really just salves a person’s conscience.
You can say what you want or desire and even quote scriptures, but when it come to prayer, many times, especially in praying for others, we don’t know what to pray for as we ought. But, thank God, the Spirit helps our infirmities. An infirmity is any weakness, which would include a lack of knowledge about how to pray. He makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered in articulate speech. (Romans 8:26)
Again, this scripture does not mean prayer is something the Holy Ghost does apart from you. That would make the Holy Ghost responsible for your prayer life, and He isn’t. YOU are responsible for your own prayer life.
Notice also the Bible says in Romans 8:26 that the Holy Spirit HELPS the believer in prayer. The Holy Ghost is not sent to actually do your praying for you. He is sent to help you in every aspect of life and to help you in your prayer life as well.
Source: Kenneth E. Hagin/Bible Prayer Study Course