Romans 8:26-28

13 Mar

26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Romans 8:26-28

Dear God, I just got an image from reading verse 27. On a manual transmission, there is the motor and there is the transmission. When they are completely engaged with each other, they are moving together and doing great work. However, when they are moving at a difference speed, whether it be the transmission is stopped and the engine is moving or the transmission needs a new gear, but that will require disengagement and reengagement between the two, they need an intercessor. They need a clutch.

I think there is an analogy here between you and me. When we are clicking then the Holy Spirit is rocking with me and things are good. But if I’m having to slow down for a turn, speed up for something new in life, or even come to a total stop so I can mourn and regroup, the Holy Spirit is that link between you and me that makes it all work.

Holy Spirit, I need you now. I have some hazards in the road, and I’m not sure what they need. A higher gear? A lower gear? I’m not even sure how to pray, as Paul says in verse 26. But I don’t want to leave any stone unturned. I don’t want to walk away from things you have for me because they seem too difficult. I don’t want to miss an opportunity to worship you and do your will. I don’t want to miss an opportunity to love everyone I can.

Father, Holy Spirit, Jesus, please help me. Pray. Please pray. Pray for me. Pray for those I love. Be the intercessor I need to make the imperfection of my life match with the perfection of the Father.

In Jesus’s name I pray,


1 Comment

Posted by on March 13, 2022 in Romans


One response to “Romans 8:26-28

  1. Pam Cotten

    March 14, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    John, today’s email truly targets where I’ve been for several years, trying to figure out how to pray for the same….. the SAAAAAAME PROBLEM that has shown no signs of a pending solution. You’re right. It’s times like these we need the “groanings” of the Holy Spirit as our intercessor. Thank you.


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