Do you find yourself at a loss for words in prayer? Sometimes in deep grief and despair, we can’t help but just sigh or groan! What blessed comfort to know that the Holy Spirit groans for us and with us (v.26). Even more wonderful is that the Spirit bridges our hearts to the mind of the Spirit to the will of God (v.27).
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. 26 We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorifies.
Verse 28 is a favorite quote to comfort those going through unpleasant sufferings and challenges of life. But too often we end with v. 28. The succeeding two verses are the basis of this knowledge. What is God’s purpose? God’s purpose since the beginning of time is for us to be like His Son. God foreknew, God predestined, God called, God justified and God eventually glorifies. Our groans will turn to glory! What blessed hope! We are therefore to wait eagerly v. 24, wait expectantly v.25 and wait patiently v.26.
Hang on, dear friend – those of us who are groaning… with hope and in hope, we will be glorified.