Groanings Which Cannot Be Uttered

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Romans 8:26-27

How badly do you want revival to happen in your church? How badly do you want to see Muslims come to Jesus? And are you praying now for the fall of the communist leadership of China, North Korea, or Cuba?

Paul is talking about the wimpiness of our prayers. He calls it weakness. But he doesn’t start reprimanding us. Instead, he points us to the one who woke us up when we were bound in the kingdom of darkness. He tells us that one of the Holy Spirit’s jobs is to “help us in our weakness.” There is nothing wrong about being intense about the advance of the gospel. That’s what the “groanings” are all about.

This whole section of Romans 8 is set in the framework of HOPE. Paul ends this letter of Romans with the words, “The God of Peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (16:20).

In Luke 18 Jesus tells a story that is intended to encourage us to positive praying. It is about an unjust judge and a widow who keeps clamoring for justice. Jesus concludes with this assurance: “Will not God vindicate his elect, who cry unto him day and night.” The Holy Spirit helps us in even in our weak prayers.


“Every time I feel the Spirit, movin’ in my heart, I will pray. Yes, every time I feel the Spirit movin’ in my heart I will pray.”