Paul is saying in the beginning of this reading that because of our weakness, we can struggle to pray in the right way. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit to offer on our behalf to the Father. C H Dodd defines prayer in this way
It is with His prayers that we, too, receive an audience before God the Father. We pray in the name of Jesus (who is ever interceding on our behalf at God’s right hand), and in the authority of His shed blood. We pray in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus we, unworthy though we think we are, may ‘boldly’ approach the throne of grace ().
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
There is an intensity to the prayer offered by the Spirit which reaches beyond the mere ‘obtaining of an audience’ with God. His intercession reaches beyond mere petition and appeal. With audible sighs and moans the Holy Spirit gives wordless voice to our groaning, and the groaning of creation ().
Not only this, but we can also be sure that our prayers are heard, because the Holy Spirit’s intercession, like that of Jesus, is also heard. His prayers on our behalf are “according to the will of God” (). This is the efficacy and the power which lies behind all true prayer.
The Believer Has a New Prayer Helper (8:26–27).
A. The identity of this helper (8:26a): He is the Holy Spirit.
B. The indispensability of this helper (8:26b): His prayers are vital, because we don’t even know what we should pray for.
C. The intensity of this helper (8:26c–27)
1. How he prays (8:26c): He prays for us with groaning s that cannot be expressed in words.
2. What he prays (8:27) : He pleads for us in harmony with God’s own will. So we have the spirit interceding for us, we have our hearts being searched. All of this is done in accordance with Gods will
An old church building needed remodeling, so during his sermon the minister made an impassioned plea and looked directly at the richest man in town. At the end of the sermon, the rich man stood up and said, “Pastor, I will contribute $1,000.00”
Just then plaster fell from the ceiling and struck the rich man on the shoulder. He stood up and said, “I will increase my donation to $5,000.00.” Before he could sit down, another chunk of plaster fell on him, and he stood up and said, “I will double my last donation.”
He sat down and a larger chunk of plaster hit him on the head. He jumped up and shouted, “Pastor, I will give $20,000.00”
This prompted a deacon to shout, “Hit him again, Lord! Hit him again!”
Have you ever wondered why God allows bad things to happen to his people? Well, God uses all of our circumstances to work for our good when we have faith. In other words, when we are Christ-like, God can take the negative circumstances of our lives and use them for our good, especially if using them for good fulfills his will for our lives. It’s like an oyster taking a grain of sand-something that irritates the oyster-and turning it into something of great value-a pearl.
A. What it involves (8:28a): God causes everything to work together for good.
B. Whom it involves (8:28b): Those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
The summary (8:29) : The Father himself has decreed that all believers should become like his dear Son!
1. We were foreknown by the Father (8:30a).
2. We were predestined by the Father (8:30b).
3. We were called by the Father (8:30c).
4. We were justified by the Father (8:30d).
5. We were glorified by the Father (8:30e).
1. There exists no possible accusation against believers (8:31–34).
a. The Father will not allow this (8:31–33).
(1) He once gave us his Son (8:31–32a).
(2) He now gives us all things (8:32b–33).
b. The Son will not allow this (8:34) .
(1) He died for us (8:34a).
(2) He was resurrected for us (8:34b).
(3) He now prays for us (8:34c).
a. Both life and death (8:35–38a)
b. Both angels and demons (8:38b)
c. Both present and future (8:38c)
d. Both height and depth (8:39)
It is important that we see that Paul is so totally convinced that God cannot be moved which is the good news for us
God is not only totally and completely available to us every moment of every day he is offering total support to us through the work of the Holy Spirit. Even if we cannot think of an answer to an issue or a concern that is before us he knows the need and the prayer that needs to be prayed.
This is a cast iron guarantee from God that not only are our prayers heard God has a response no matter what our condition is