When there are no words, God can still hear your heart. Romans 8:26-29 teaches us that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us even when we can’t find the words.
No Words Necessary
In the same way that our hope sustains and pulls us toward obedience in the midst of present sufferings, the Holy Spirit aids us in our weakness. What weakness? The weakness of our flesh to be obedient. This is the overall condition of our humanity in general. It’s our powerlessness at times to overcome temptation. Sometimes there are no words because we do not even know what to pray.
Our spiritual weakness and sin-sickness are still present in our not-yet-redeemed body. The world is full of sin-corruption that draws and pulls away from God. There are times when we do not even know what we should be praying for. In those times, the Holy Spirit comes to our aid.
Holy Spirit Intercession
The Holy Spirit comes to our aid, giving us inward strength at exactly those times when we are in danger of sin and doubt. No words are necessary. In fact, the Holy Spirit’s communication with God the Father is beyond words. Words are not necessary because there is oneness of mind. This gives us assurance that in spite of weakness, God has made provision to help us out.
In fact, we are given the promise of “all things working together for good” (Romans 8:28). But the promise is specific. Specific to whom? The promise applies to those “who love God.” Who are they? They are the ones who keep the commandments. Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:25). And again, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word…He who does not love Me does not keep My words” (John 14:23-24).
Proof of your love for God is evidenced by your obedience. Notice how obedience continues to be the common thread throughout this section (Romans 6-8). But it is not without encouragement. We are not expected to be perfect nor are we expected to attempt obedience on our own. True, it is our willful intent to choose obedience. But the follow through is done in conjunction with the Holy Spirit. Think about that…the Third Person of the Trinity lives in you to help you pursue obedience! Notice I did not say “pursue perfection.” That is no longer a requirement. Persistence and consistency are our goals. Every day, seeking to improve.
In this episode we briefly (wink, wink) review Romans 1-7 and continue to study Romans 8:26-29.