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October 3, 2013
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God’s Word Will Speak
October 3, 2013
Don’t Let Your Mind Grow Weary
October 5, 2013

The Holy Spirit Helps Us Pray

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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. Romans 8:26

We have the “first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves.” (Romans 8:23) We need help. We are helpless without the Holy Spirit working in us. I believe the translators properly noted that the “Spirit” referred to is the Holy Spirit (capital S) even though our spirits are alive.

“Likewise”, or in like manner refers to the way hope helps us endure, (vs. 25) we also have the Holy Spirit who also helps us.

The word “helpeth” is the Greek word “sunantilambanomai,” which means, “to take hold of opposite together, i.e. co-operate, and help. (I don’t know if that’s the longest Greek word in the Bible or not, but it’s a mouthful).

The Holy Spirit takes a share in our weaknesses. The word infirmities means “feebleness (of mind or body); by implication, malady; morally, frailty”. This same word was translated “weakness” five times (1 Corinthians 2:3, 15:43; 2 Corinthians 12:9, 13:4; and Hebrews 11:34), so it is easy to see that this word is describing mental and moral weakness, not sickness. We know that Christ maketh intercession for us at the right hand of God, but here the Spirit is making intercession with us.

Though many refer to this “groaning” as speaking in tongues, it more likely is an unutterable intercession and not the same thing. John 11:33 and 38 it says that Jesus groaned in the Spirit twice when He raised Lazarus from the dead. This groaning is the groan of anger and resistance against Satan’s devices in people’s lives. It’s like creation groaning for release. (Verse 22, 23)

Many times, we are in a place where we don’t know what to pray as we should. That’s when we can ask the Holy Spirit to help us. He helps us in our weakness of not knowing and brings us into the presence of God through His intercession. The Holy Spirit helps. We do our part. We have the desire to pray and He helps us pray correctly according to God’s will and Word.