June 5, 2009

Romans 8:25-27, Weakness, Groaning, and the Holy Spirit Interceding – All to the Glory of God

Posted in Devotionals, Disability at 10:16 pm by Sarah Bosse

Romans 8:25-27 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

John Piper preached a sermon (June 2, 2002) on the passage above, with this gem of a conclusion:

“When you feel very weak, because of suffering or decay or sickness or futility or persecution or failed plans or baffling decisions, don’t despair, as if God is angry with you or at your inability to know what to do or what to pray. At that very moment, experience the wordless groanings of your heart as groanings for the glory of Christ. And trust the Spirit of God to intercede for you about the specifics. Trust him, that because he is praying for you, your Father will bring about decisions and circumstances that will magnify Christ in the best way – in the very midst of your ignorance and groaning.”

What a gracious and merciful God we have. He has planned for all our weakness and nothing can separate us from his love!

© Desiring God

By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org



  1. Rachel said,

    Remember this, sweet girl!

  2. daniel soon said,

    daniel p said

    i recognise and use 3 types of prayers: prayer in words, prayer in tongues and prayer in groaning, yes, though we understand not, intercession most powerful is being unleashed.

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