We are reading the Bible through together this year, using the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan published by the Navigators. You can download it free of charge from: https://www.navigators.org/resource/bible-reading-plans/
If there is any passage of Scripture I can say was my Dad’s favorite over all others – it is today’s section of Romans. It stands out as the pinnacle of comfort and security of Believers. It is truly unparalleled.
But one aspect of this portion which seldom gets its due, either in preaching and teaching or even in the ordinary Believer’s mind is 26-30 and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit in intercession for the Believer is a most neglected doctrine. Neglected to the genuine loss of much comfort in our pains, trials, sorrows and griefs. And, it serves as a grand template as to how we might best pray for one another. When you don’t know how to pray from someone else, the 3 ways He intercedes for us give us a marvelous pattern to follow.
So first, know this Christian, if no one in all the world knows your needs and prays for you, the Holy Spirit does. And as indwelling you, He knows your needs with the searchlight of infinite, intimate knowledge, and infinite compassion.
He knows us better than we know ourselves.
Second, What is this great WILL of God for us which the Spirit must assist us in praying for? This thing which is labeled here – as an intercession “according to the will of God?” It is the answer as to why is it that all things work together for the good to those who love Him? Because we are called according to His PURPOSE which is: TO BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON.
In this, He wants better for us than we want for ourselves. Our pleas are often so temporally located, so immediately. His, deeply, spiritually and eternally.
Third, note how this is an indication of the depth of the Spirit’s groanings on our behalf, not ours. These are not our utterances but His. He so agonizes on our behalf. He knows our real needs, we do not. He knows how desperate we are, we do not.
He loves us better than we can love ourselves.
When we don’t know our need well enough to groan, He does. And can any imagine that the SPirit who was sent from the Father and the Son to us and for us will not be heard when He groans on our behalf? Indeed He will. And we will bear all of the benefits.