Friday, 16 July 2021
By Chow Ee-Tan 赵一丹
Title: The Spirit Intercedes For Us

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

Romans 8:26-27

In our weakness and helplessness, we sometimes do not even know how we can pray, and whether our prayers are acceptable to God. We may have undermined what the Holy Spirit can do.

Paul encourages us that although in our weakness we may be ignorant of how to pray in accordance to God’s will. God fully understands that. That’s why He gives us His Spirit to enable us, to intercede for us as He can do far more than we can imagine.

The Spirit can help us pray about the decisions and circumstances in our lives which we are at a loss. When we are wrestling with challenges in our lives, the Spirit helps us to discern the will of God and gives us the grace and inspirations to pray for divine wisdom.

And when the Spirit intercedes for us, we will pray in a way that is pleasing to God and to magnify Christ in our lives.

What does it mean by the Spirit intercedes for us through wordless groans’? A few verses earlier in vs 22-23, Paul says:The whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly.” Groaning is part of the weakness and futility and decay of our fallen world.

John Piper in his devotion says the groaning refers to both our groanings and also the Spirit’s groanings. The Spirit moves powerfully in our hearts to create groanings – His groanings experienced as our groanings. This is based on a deep desire for Christ to be magnified in our lives, and a weakness that leaves us unknowing as to how this is going to happen. So we are not sure how we should pray but we know we should pray in accordance to God’s will.

But God the Father searches our hearts and He hears this groaning. He knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit prays for us according to God’s will. He hears the Spirit’s prayer in us – prayers that bring glory to Jesus. It is through God’s grace and power that we can come to Him in this way. The necessity of prayer is a constant reminder of our dependence on God for everything.

The words of John Piper sums it up well: “When you feel very weak, because of suffering or decay or sickness or futility or persecution or failed plans or baffling decisions, don’t despair, as if God is angry with you or at your inability to know what to do or what to pray. At that very moment, experience the wordless groanings of your heart as groanings for the glory of Christ. And trust the Spirit of God to intercede for you about the specifics. Trust him, that because He is praying for you, your Father will bring about decisions and circumstances that will magnify Christ in the best way – in the very midst of your ignorance and groaning.”

Prayer: Father God, we marvel at Your great and unconditional love. You are an all knowing and all powerful God who knows our every weakness. Thank you for Your grace and mercy, and giving us Your Holy Spirit who helps to draw us closer to You. In Jesus name, Amen.


况且我们的软弱有圣灵帮助、我们本不晓得当怎样祷告、只是圣灵亲自用说不出来的叹息、替我们祷告。鉴察人心的、晓得圣灵的意思.因为圣灵照着 神的旨意替圣徒祈求。





圣灵用“说不出来的的叹息”为我们祈求是什么意思?保罗在之前的第 22-23 节的经文说道:“一切受造之物、一同叹息劳苦、直到如今。不但如此、就是我们这有圣灵初结果子的、也是自己心里叹息。” 叹息是我们这堕落世界的软弱、徒劳和衰败的一部分。