The Holy Spirit
In an earlier post, I talked about the Son’s role as intercessor. Romans 8:26, 27 speaks of the Holy Spirit as an intercessor as well: “Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities, for we do not know what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he who searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
We see the tender love of the Holy Spirit for us in these verses. He sees our weaknesses, especially our prayer limitations, and makes Himself available to help us in them. He so cares for us that He intercedes through deep groanings within us.
I find it most interesting that two of the three Persons of the Godhead are involved in intercession. And, since the Spirit breathed into man the image of God at Creation, (Genesis 1:26 and 2:7), if we are sensitive to His leading, we will be attracted to intercession as we are progressively restored into the Lord’s likeness.
In His dual role as Intercessor and Teacher, the Spirit helps us to pray according to the Father’s heart — something for which we are entirely dependent upon Him. It is not possible for us to pray rightly, apart from the Spirit of God guiding and directing us. Perhaps the reason so many prayers go unanswered in our day is because they are prayed out of our own natural thinking, rather than by seeking the counsel of the Holy Spirit and depending on His assistance in intercession.
Praying in partnership with the Holy Spirit is really not so much about us praying as it is about yielding ourselves to allow Him to pray through us. When we learn to do that, prayer becomes an exciting adventure.