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.
Paul is reminding us of the wonderful gift the Holy Spirit is to us. The Spirit stands by to provide the assistance we need. When we are weary and weak, the Spirit helps us. When we don’t know how or what to pray, the Spirit intercedes for us with sounds from deep in the heart that cannot be put into words. When we begin to veer off course, the Spirit intercedes to bring us into alignment with God’s will.
The Holy Spirit’s power is available to us today— strengthening us, shaping us, directing us, and leading us into God’s good plan for our lives.
What an advocate we have in the Holy Spirit! What a wonderful gift God has provided his people!
What a wonderful privilege to live life in the Spirit!
Father, we are grateful for the gift of the Holy Spirit. As you pour out your Spirit upon us, may our ears be attuned to your voice, our hearts to your desires, and our lives to your will.
Prayer Journal Reflections
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you today about the Lord’s protection, direction, and revelation for your life and the life of the church?
—Eddie Estep, District Superintendent, Kansas City