You Never Have to Pray Alone, Part 5 (Praying Through the Bible #235)
TEXT: Romans 8:18-28:
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
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We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 234 messages in this series.
This is message #235 titled, You Never Have to Pray Alone, Part 5.
When we last looked at this passage, we began to consider the word “groanings” in light of the work of prayer that the Holy Spirit does in us and on our behalf. The Bible says, “The Spirit maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” The word “groanings” is defined as: “a sigh, a moan, an inaudible prayer, or a prayer made with grief.” It is basically a prayer that is too emotionally, spiritually, or mentally complex to put into human words. So, the Holy Spirit steps in and helps us communicate with the Father.
As we look at this verse in its context, we find that it is not only the Holy Spirit who communicates on our behalf with “groanings which cannot be uttered.” Look at verses 22-23: “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves…” All of God’s “creation” groans in pain. And those who “have the firstfruits of the Spirit,” that is those who are saved, also “groan within ourselves.” But what are we groaning for? Verse 23 stated that we groan as we “wait for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”
All of creation is groaning, travailing, awaiting that day when God rids the world of unrighteousness and reclaims it for Himself. And, we who are saved also groan in our spirit, as an expression of our desire to reach that point where our bodies are redeemed and renewed and we are fully adopted into God’s family. Now, transactionally speaking, we are already adopted and redeemed, but right now — positionally speaking — we are still bound to this earth and to these decaying bodies. “Groaning” in prayer is an expression of what should be our utmost desire to leave this earth completely behind and be with our Savior in every way. The older I get in the Lord, the more I understand what Paul said in Philippians 1:23-24, “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”
John Piper explains further: The Holy Spirit “moves powerfully in our hearts to create groanings based on two things: 1) a deep desire and ache of our hearts that Christ be glorified in our lives, and 2) our weakness which leaves us baffled as to how this is going to happen. So we are not sure how we are to pray, but we are sure that we want Christ to be magnified in our bodies.”
Another thing I am understanding more and more as I get older in the Lord, is the old hymn Beulah Land, which I didn’t understand much as a young Christian where it says:
I’m kind of homesick for a country
To which I’ve never been before.
No sad goodbyes will there be spoken
For time won’t matter anymore.
When we think about it, the “groanings which cannot be uttered” is really the only way we can pray to this end, simply because we do not know what Heaven is like, we do not know what complete adoption is like, we do not know what our glorified bodies will be like. We have no experience with these matters and it makes sense for us to realize that we cannot pray for such things that we know not of in human words. But if our spirits are in tune with the Spirit, then we can communicate with God about such matters through the yearning, the groaning, the longing, the sighing of our hearts expressed through the Holy Spirit, our helper in prayer.
Margaret Cagle wrote in her poem, “Intercessory Prayer”:
Pray when your heart grieves,
And you don’t know what to say.
Depend on the Holy Spirit.
He will help us when we pray.
Pray even when words fail you,
And all you can do is cry.
The Holy Spirit helps us pray
When all we can do is sigh.
The Spirit makes intercession
When we know not what to pray.
He can help us talk to God
When we do not know what to say.
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.