Understanding Your Weakness
The Spirit Helps Us
Scripture Reading: Romans 8:27-39
Key Verse: Romans 8:26
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 with groans that words cannot express.
If you have ever been involved in hiring a contractor, you soon realize that the contractors are only as good as their help! The “boss” can make a lot of promises, but it is his helpers who will actually be doing most of the work. If the help is poor, the promises of the contractor fall flat!
When Jesus came in the flesh to our world to walk among us, He made many promises. He assured the apostles, who were devastated to hear that Jesus was leaving them to return to the Father in Heaven, that He would send them a Helper. It was this Helper who would fulfill the promises in the believers. This Helper has been called several names: Comforter, Advocate, Counselor, and Holy Ghost. This Helper is the third person of the Trinity – the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will live within us… in our hearts and minds (John 14:17). The Spirit’s job is to remind us of every teaching of Jesus (John 14:26).
This same spirit works in the ungodly as well, convicting them of sin (John 16:8). This Helper is God’s gift to us…the Spirit will not speak one word of His own – He only speaks to us that which our Father in Heaven has spoken (John 16:13).
As we return to our scripture for today, the apostle Paul tell us that this same Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. Once I realize how weak I am, I turn to the Spirit of God who is my only Hope. It is the Spirit that provides me all I need to face each day; thus I daily do my best to keep in step with the Spirit! The Apostle’s words remind us that we often won’t even know what prayers to pray. Our weaknesses can be so overwhelming, we simply are lost as to what to ask God for! We are not to fear – the Spirit intercedes for us with “groans that words cannot express.”
Father, thank you for the matchless gift of your Spirit in me. I rest in His work and intercession for me today. Come Holy Spirit, I need Thee. Come Sweet Spirit, I pray! In Jesus’ Name, amen.