TEXT: Romans 8:18-28:
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26 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 uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 233 messages in this series.
This is message #234 titled, You Never Have to Pray Alone, Part 4.
From this passage, we have been focusing on verse 26 as it describes the essential work of the Holy Spirit as our partner in prayer. However, as we have gone through the ways in which the Holy Spirit helps us to pray, we see that Paul’s description of the Holy Spirit’s work is connected to some of the larger themes that he has been dealing with in this passage. And we will begin looking at those themes today. We left off talking about the ways in which the Holy Spirit “maketh intercession for us” — that is, through supplication, conversation, and consultation with the Heavenly Father. Paul goes on to say, “The Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
Let’s look at the word “groanings.” It is defined in the Greek Lexicon as “a sigh.” Its variant definitions mean “to moan, to groan, to pray inaudibly, or to pray with grief.” This is the same word used when God said that He heard the “groanings” of the Children of Israel in Egypt and He was moved to deliver them. The Bible says the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us with “groanings that cannot be uttered.” There are some feelings, some emotions, some situations that you desire to convey in prayer that cannot be communicated with words. Have you ever felt a groan, or a sigh, or a murmur rise up in your spirit? God understands that. David Guzik said, “The idea of groanings which cannot be uttered is simply of communication beyond our ability to express [in words]. The deep groanings within us cannot be articulated apart from the interceding work of the Holy Spirit.”
Let me put this type of communication in perspective: The Oscars were held this past weekend. And, as you know, a very good actor does not have to use words to communicate an emotion, a feeling, or an opinion. All he or she has to do is use a facial expression, a glance of the eyes, a raise of the eyebrow, or a tilt of the head, and you know exactly how they feel. Using words would not make what they are trying to communicate any clearer. So, in a way, God understands the communications that we cannot put into words. He listens to our groanings, to the moanings of our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
One songwriter expressed it this way in the hymn “Through God’s word, my hope at His returning”:
Through God’s word, my hope at His returning
Is that all my being will one day be redeemed;
Yet in times of grief and tribulation,
Doubt and fear arise, and no hope is seen.
In those hours, when prayer cannot be uttered,
Only groaning from my breast is heard.
Then the Spirit, in like manner, helps me,
Praying in my weakness unto God.
Blest assurance! God has fully ordered
Every matter by His sovereign hand;
Every person (though we see so dimly),
Every thing’s according to His plan.
Every trial is but the Father’s answer
To the groaning of the Spirit’s prayer;
May He gain in every tribulation,
Until we Christ’s glory fully share.
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.