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Page 2 Rom 8:26-28 Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities. 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) And He searching the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (28) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Here is my opening thesis for the New Year. It is in receiving help for our weaknesses that we best get to know the Holy Spirit & our brother or sister. If we hide our weakness or do not acknowledge we loose fellowship with the Holy Spirit and our brother. It is human nature that we partner together in our strengths but carefully avoid our weakness. It is common that we share joys but not sorrows. This breeds artificial & superficial friendship. Our testimonies are of strength and not of error helped. More helped we are the stronger we become. Since we feel ashamed of our weakness, we keep it away even from the Holy Spirit and pray “strong” prayers. What about praying some “weak” prayers in a broken voice as many psalms do? Pentecostal understanding of prayer demands “strong anointed” prayers. Can't soft prayers in brokenness be anointed also? This is the myrrh in the anointing oil and the sweet incense. Rom 8:26 Helpeth our infirmity ( sunantilambanetai te¯i astheneia¯i he¯mo¯n ). Present middle indicative of sunantilambanomai , late and striking double compound - to lend a hand together with, at the same time with one. Only twice in N.T., here and Luk_10:40 in Martha's plea for Mary's help. Here beautifully Paul pictures the Holy Spirit taking hold at our side at the very time of our weakness (associative instrumental case) and before too late. We do not know what we should pray – so we pray long for earthly needs neglecting character weakness. But when we take time and allow the Spirit to lead, He acts on our behalf in us thru Him praying in us. Maketh intercession ( huperentugchanei ). Present active indicative of late double compound, found only here and in later ecclesiastical writers, but entugchano¯ occurs in Rom_8:27 (a common verb). It is a picturesque word of rescue by one who “happens on” ( entugchanei ) one who is in trouble and “in his behalf” ( huper ) pleads “with unuttered groanings” (instrumental case) or with “sighs that baffle words” (Denney). This is work of our Helper, the Spirit himself. The very things that weakened us become our strength as the Holy Spirit acts on them on our behalf. Many believers try to work with their strength thinking that would be ministry. For years weakness not addressed can drop us down after many years of apparent success. Watching tele-evangelists & performance of many mega churches, one gets the impression that they have done hard work and arrived at success with the Holy Spirit now having

By Dr. Lalith Mendis

Apostolic-Sceptre.org

Holy Spirit Helps Our Infirmities  

Holy Spirit Helps Our Infirmities

Holy Spirit Helps Our Infirmities  

Holy Spirit Helps Our Infirmities

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