Romans 8:26-27

8:26 In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don’t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered. 8:27 He who searches the hearts knows what is on the Spirit’s mind, because he makes intercession for the saints according to God.

(WEB; OPB)

8:27 sounds good, but I find it rather obscure. The commentary tab at the Online Parallel Bible is useful. After reading that I interpret 8:27 as:

He who searches the hearts [i.e. God] knows what is on the Spirit’s mind, because he [i.e. the Holy Spirit] makes intercession for the saints [i.e. the saints = the praying person(s)] according to God.

So, the Holy Spirit helps us pray, and helps us pray for the right things in the right way. The Holy Spirit is that which brings us closer to God.

3 Comments

  1. candidchatter said

    You got it! 🙂

  2. Ivan said

    I like the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is my second favourite after Jesus. Are you allowed to say things like that?

  3. candidchatter said

    Yep! But, someday they will all be your equal favs. It took me many years to understand the role of the Holy Spirit. Now that I “get it” I lalalala-LOVE the Holy Spirit as much as Jesus/God. They are all 1 anyway. 😉

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