Summary: Where is the Lord Jesus right now? He is actually here in the person of the Spirit. He is interceding for me. He is interceding for you. The Bible says there is one mediator between God and man. Isn’t it good to know Jesus is praying for you?
There was a lady who had a female parrot and the only thing the parrot said was, “Let’s pray.” Well, the lady met a man at a parrot lover’s meeting and he had a male parrot who never said anything but “Let’s kiss.” Eventually the man and woman married. Not only was it the uniting of a man and a woman, it was also the uniting of two parrots. They put those two parrots in the same cage and the female parrot looked over and very demurely and piously said, “Let’s pray.” and the male parrot said, “Let’s kiss.” The female parrot said, “Praise God, my prayers have been answered!”
If you want to know how to get your prayers answered, one of the key ways is right here in Romans, chapter 8 beginning in verse 26. The Bible says, “In the same way.” You never start a passage of scripture with those words because that means it’s tied to something else. Remember a couple of weeks ago I said there are three mentions of the word “groan.” It talks about how creation is groaning and nature is groaning, because there is going to be a future renovation of all the heavens and earth. Then, right above this passage it talks about how we as Christians groan inwardly, because our physical bodies grow tired and they wear out and we’re looking forward to the redemption even of our bodies. Here’s the third example of groaning. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, we do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” This passage is all about how sometimes we are weak in prayer and the Holy Spirit helps us to pray–two sides of one coin. On one side we’re going to talk about how you and I have a weakness when we try to pray and on the other side of the coin is about how the Holy Spirit helps us to pray.
I. OUR PRAYERS ARE HINDERED BECAUSE OF OUR…
Our prayers are weak because of at least three reasons. Verse 26 says, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness.” Perhaps the first song I ever learned as a Christian was “Jesus Loves Me.” Have you ever sung that song and thought it was only talking about little children? When it says, “little ones to him belong.” I don’t know about you folks, but when I think about the greatness of God, I am pretty little and you are too. Did you ever think that song was talking about little children when it said, “They are weak, but he is strong?” Wrong again because the Bible says we are all weak, and because we are weak in our prayer life, we need some help. So before you can ever get any help in your prayer life, you have to admit like this scripture says, “Hey, I am very weak when it comes to prayer.”