Romans 8:26 - Prayers of the Holy Spirit.
Rom.8:26; Prayers of the Holy Spirit.
Rom 8:26 (KJV) 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
Of all the many teachings of the Word on prayer, this perhaps
brings the greatest comfort of all to the believer who earnestly
desires to communicate with God Almighty, but at times finds that words
utterly fail. We are weak. His strength is made perfect in that
weakness, as we seek to obey and do His will. God's Spirit guarantees it.
Beyond the rightness of obeying God, in that He tells us to
pray, prayer benefits the believer because thoughts and ideas are put
into words and phrases which often may surprise the believer when
they "come out." But there are times when we know we "ought" to
pray, but just can't, or don't know what to say. God's Spirit comes
alongside and literally translates for us. Don't take this as not needing
to put your supplications into words. But when they can't be put
into words, be encouraged and recognize that the Spirit will
accomplish it to God's glory! [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom]
When We Cannot Pray
On December 26, 1996, my life came to a sudden stop. My wife was
diagnosed with a very rare and very aggressive form of breast cancer. Only
months earlier my father had also been diagnosed with cancer. I was in
total disbelief. Two of the people most important to me were in
trouble, and there was little I could do. All my life I have been a
person who could fix things; but this time, for the first time, I could
At the time, I was taking part in a Bible study on Romans. When
the leader read the above verses, it was as if God collected all of
my feelings in this passage. I had felt helpless, but I was assured
that the Holy Spirit was praying the prayers I did not know how to
Since that December, my father has passed away. My wife has been
through two operations and countless sessions of radiation. She also
receives chemotherapy weekly. When things are more than I can handle, I
still pray, and the Spirit still intercedes. Knowing this gives me
hope to face another day. Gregory Wyant (North Carolina, U.S.A.)
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the Holy Spirit's prayers when
we do not know what to ask. Thank you for the hope and peace that
only you can bring into our lives. Amen.
My dear child,
Prayer is not complicated. It is very simple. It is a
conversation between your heart and mine. It is a place where all of your
questions and all of my answers can find each other. It is the breath of
my Holy Spirit cooling your anxiety and stirring up the flames of
your faith. It is a time for you to reflect on who I am, and a time
for me to strengthen and comfort who you are.
Don't worry about prayer. Don't intellectualize about prayer.
Don't study prayer. Just pray. You will learn to pray by praying. When
you don't know where to start, start with praise. When you don't
feel worthy, repent and receive my forgiveness. When you don't know
what to say, don't struggle. My Spirit knows how to express the deep
longings of your heart apart from your words.
Come needy. Drink deeply. Praise freely. Be filled. I will meet
you there, God [Postcards from Heaven by Claire Cloninger]