“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. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” Romans 8:26-27 (NIV)
Several years ago, when I was serving as a pastor, I received a call from a lady telling me her husband had had a heart attack. When I arrived at the hospital, I was told that the lady’s husband passed away. Upon my entering the emergency waiting room, the lady tried to share with me what happened as her husband was experiencing the heart attack, as well as her feelings at the moment. She was so emotional, I could not understand her. Fortunately, one of her friends was able to take over and communicate with me what the new widow was trying to say.
Doesn’t that sound so much like the ministry of the Holy Spirit? He intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. The Holy Spirit lives in us and is with us. He is our “Paraclete,” which comes from the Greek word “paraKletos.” The preposition “para” means parallel or side-by-side. “Kletos” is a noun from the verb “Kaleo,” which means called-to. When you put these two words together, the translation is . . . “called alongside.”
The Holy Spirit is called to walk alongside us. He is our companion. He is our counselor, comforter, and helper. He knows what we go through, and He knows our weaknesses. The Holy Spirit also knows our hearts. Times exist when we are so emotional about a situation, a difficulty, or trial . . . we cannot put words together to pray. At other times, we do not have enough understanding about how to pray about a situation. In those times, the Holy Spirit actually takes over and pleads on our behalf. The Holy Spirit is our intercessor and He constantly prays for us.