Scripture Reading: Romans 8:26,27
“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.” (Romans 8:26)
In the eighth chapter of Romans we learn that we have two divine Intercessors — the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ. At this very moment, Christ is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us — “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died — more that that, who was raised — who is at the right hand of God who is interceding for us” (Romans 8:34). Christ is interceding for us in the Court of Heaven — “Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25). When we sin, Christ is our Advocate with the Father — “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (I John 2:1).
Whereas Christ is our Intercessor in the Court of Heaven, the Holy Spirit is our Intercessor in the realm of our hearts — “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in You” (John 14:16,17). The Spirit knows everything about us. He knows our weaknesses, our needs, our sins, our fears, our hopes, and our doubts. He dwells within us and intercedes to the Father on our behalf.
What comfort it is to know that we have two divine Intercessors who are praying for us and representing us before the Father in heaven. When we are weak and when we don’t even know how to pray, we have our divine Intercessors speaking to the Father on our behalf.
Lord Jesus Christ, You are in the Court of Heaven representing me right now. You are my Advocate with the Father. When I sin You affirm my forgiveness with the scars on Your hands and feet. And, O Holy Spirit, You live in me. You know my weaknesses. You know everything I need. When I don’t know how to pray, You pray for me.
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