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Carl Westerlund :: Romans 8:26-27 - Spirit Intercession

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Romans in Outline No. 86

1.1  THE DIVINE HELPER

Romans 8:26a

2.1  Not only does hope help us to face trials, but also we have the ministry of the Holy Spirit

2.2  This ministry not only brings assurance by bearing witness (Romans 8:16), but also by interceding for the believer

1.2  THE NEED FOR HELP

Romans 8:26b

2.1  “Helps” indicates that the Holy Spirit keeps on sharing in bearing the load

2.2  We have infirmity (singular)

2.3  The unknown in our praying

1.3  THE NATURE OF THE SPIRIT’S HELP

Romans 8:26c

2.1  The Holy Spirit helps by intercession

Christ also is our intercessor

Romans 8:34

Hebrews 7:25

2.2  The Holy Spirit groans through the believer

Galatians 4:6

3.1  THIS MAY INCLUDE TONGUES

4.1  A designation for tongues is to “…pray with the spirit…”

1 Corinthians 14:14-15

4.2  Tongues enables the believer to praise beyond natural ability by the Spirit

1 Corinthians 14:2

3.2  BUT THE HOLY SPIRIT AIDS MORE GENERALLY IN PRAYER

1.4  THE RESULT OF THE SPIRIT’S HELP: HE HAS THE FATHER’S ATTENTION

Romans 8:27

2.1  Only the Father knows the hearts

Romans 8:27a

Hebrews 4:13

Jeremiah 17:9-10

2.2  The Father is in tune with the Spirit

Romans 8:27b

3.1  THE FATHER KNOWS THE SPIRIT’S INTERCESSION IS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SAINTS

3.2  THE FATHER KNOWS THE SPIRIT’S INTERCESSION IS ACCORDING TO GOD’S WILL

1.5  IF PRAYER IS INITIATED AND ARTICULATED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, THEN WHY PRAY?

2.1  We are commanded to pray

John 14:3-4

Hebrews 4:16

1 John 5:14-15

2.2  God ordains not only the ends but the means to the ends

Romans 8:26-27

26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. 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. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (NKJV)

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