And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit,
because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
Prayer is an interesting phenomenon. The fact that the Almighty God listens to the requests of one of His created beings is hard to wrap your head around. For Him to not only hear but respond is absolutely amazing. But here is the most interesting part for me, God Himself actually prays through the believer through the person of the Holy Spirit. In today’s verse He prays through us according to God’s will. Now that is really supernatural. Think about it, our prays actually become prophetic or God’s way to fulfill prophecy. The Lord knows the future as if it has already happened. He orchestrates the future through the prayers of His children. He directs your life and the lives of those you love and pray for by the prayers of the Holy Spirit. Here are some powerful thoughts about the intercession of the Spirit from Andrew Murray.
“We often do not know what we should pray for, and at times we do not know how to pray. Then our inability to pray impedes our prayer and handicaps the faith that is essential to the prayer’s success. But God’s Word gives us true encouragement that at times like these the Holy Spirit intercedes for us in accordance to the will of God.
Where and how does the Spirit make intercession for the saints? In the heart that does not know how to pray, He secretly and effectually prays what is according to the will of God. This, of course, implies that we trust Him to do His work in us and that we wait on God, even when we do not know what to pray. We must have immeasurable faith in the Holy Spirit, who has been given us to cry “Abba Father!” within us.”
These supernatural prayers flow from deep within us. Jesus said that the Spirit will flow out of our ‘innermost being’. Jesus is describing our spirit, the part of us that was awakened when we were born again. This is also the part of us that is filled to overflowing when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit. Part of that overflow is praying these intercessions of the Spirit. What an amazing blessing, the Lord uses our prayers to bring about His plans and purposes. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to pray.