Reading: Romans 8: 26-39
Verse 26: We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us.
Paul knew that we, as humans, are weak. He knew from his own faith journey that living the life of faith cannot be done on our own. Through his own life, Paul has discovered that the Holy Spirit is an essential part of one’s faith. It is only through the power and presence of the Spirit in the life of a believer that one can overcome our human weaknesses.
A key role the Holy Spirit plays in our lives is that of intercessor. The Spirit works as an advocate for us, coming before God with prayers on our behalf. When we do not know what to pray for or how to put our mess into words, then the Spirit takes over. Verse 26 speaks of this: “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us”. In this way, the Holy Spirit is always bringing our needs before the throne of God.
The second way the Spirit prays for us begins with God searching our hearts. In doing so, our weaknesses and shortcomings are revealed and the Spirit prays for these “in accordance with the will of God”. In this way the Spirit helps to form and shape us into the person God created us to be. Through this prayerful transformation process, we grow to become more like Jesus, the image of God. As our faith grows and we become more mature in our faith, we become justified through the saving work of Jesus. In our humanity we will always be weak. Therefore we will stumble and fall now and then. In these moments, the love of God again enters in and we are made righteous by His grace. It is through Jesus that our weakness is made spiritually strong. Through all of this the Holy Spirit continues to lift us up in prayer, to bring our needs before God, and to reveal in us what needs to conform more to the likeness of Christ. Thank you God for the gift of the Holy Spirit.