Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
The first sentence carries forth the fact that we are weak and need the help of the Holy Spirit. This is a general truth that is supported by God’s words to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness,” and Paul’s inspired words in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him Who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” We never have the excuse, “I’m too weak to live what the Bible teaches.” We no longer live by our own power and resources, but by the power and resources of God (Galatians 2:20; 5:16).
The general truth of, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness,” is applied to our prayer life. When we do not know what to pray the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness to pray according to God’s will. This help is not praying in tongues, which is a legitimate gift of the Spirit, but is “groanings too deep for words.” Deep within us we sense the groanings of the Holy Spirit as we’re praying. We are not uttering words, because we do not know what to pray, but are rather groaning by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our groanings are the Holy Spirit helping us pray God’s will. You will know when this is happening.
The Holy Spirit is working through us as we are before God’s throne and don’t know what to pray, but know prayer is needed. The groanings from the Holy Spirit through us are heard by God. He answers our prayer because it is according to His will (1 John 5:14-15). The Greek word Paul uses for “intercede” means “to ask with urgency and intensity.”
Be a prayer even when you don’t know what to pray. God will help you in your weakness.