Read Romans 8:18-30
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18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
Thoughts to consider
This passage is such an important passage on prayer that it is really important we meditate on it closely. You may well disagree with my interpretation but I pray God will speak to you through it.
There are three sort of groaning in this passage which I think are significant; The groans come from creation, ourselves and the Holy spirit, The groanings are all going on because the world is not right in its current state. Are there frustrations in your life? We see natural disasters and things going wrong in the world on almost a daily basis and a lot of those things that go wrong flow into our world. The world is not right and our world is not right and we don’t know what to do about it. In steps God who knows exactly what to do about it. God is well capable of fixing everything Himself, but in His divine mystery He has decided to use our prayers to accomplish His purposes. Does anything ever go wrong in your life so much that you can feel it in your gut? The things that matter really hit us like that. This is when the Holy spirit comes in, when things are hurting inside. He Joins in with those groans and achieves an answer which we just cannot achieve in our own strength.
I don’t believe this passage is talking about speaking in tongues because you couldn’t ever describe tongues as groaning but I believe God is clearly talking about the importance of prayer. It’s comforting to know that even when we haven’t got a clue what to say, the Holy Spirit will interpret the aches of our heart? The last point I want to make is this; we need to pray with passion. I don’t know about you but the type of praying in this passage is through a heart that has been affected by circumstances, it is not a cold or dry type of prayer. We need to ask God to move us and be affected by the things that are on God’s heart. Prayer should never be dry and passive. It should come out of seeing the need and being desperate for an answer.
Father I thank you that you are with me in my groans and through the things that are not going right. You are not vague and distant but you are close and real and you Join my groans with yours. I thank you that your groans always achieve an answer. I ask you to give me a little bit of your heart so I am affected by the injustices I see around me and can then pray more affectively. I ask all this in Jesus’ name, amen