The Help of the Holy Spirit in Prayer

More great thoughts on prayer – Stacy

orangedove“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.” Romans 8:26

When Jesus promised the disciples “the Helper” (John 14:26, ESV)—the Holy Spirit—they could not have known that the help they would receive would not only include being taught and guided in truth, but also being helped in prayer. Jesus knew we would need help in prayer and He has not left it up to us to manage along in our weakness. The ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer includes that of helping us to pray.

We are like our brothers, Peter, James and John, who could not stay awake in the Garden of Gethsemane as Jesus wrestled in prayer. Our “spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). Our minds wander in prayer, making staying focused before the Lord a tremendous battle. Paul says our weakness is tied to our ignorance. In so many cases we just don’t know how to pray as we ought. We all cry out, “Help!”

That cry is answered by the Divine Helper Himself. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us, even as Christ intercedes for us (Romans 8:34). God the Son and God the Holy Spirit actively pray for us before the Father. We are not alone in prayer!
We may not know how to pray in a given situation, but the Spirit intercedes for us according to the will of God (Romans 8:27). Apart from the Spirit’s intercession ministry on our behalf, as we yield to Him, praying in the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 6:18; Jude 20), we can pray as we ought according to the will of our Father in heaven (I John 5:14). “Lord, you know my weakness more than I can comprehend. Help me to pray as I ought by the power of your Holy Spirit.”

Steve Irvin
Madrid, Spain



  1. We need the Holy Spirit in our lives, Jesus said called Him the truth. He will direct us in all truth. And so often people will quench the spirit. I don’t know if we don’t see how important the Spirit is or is that we just don’t believe. God help us in our unbelief..but I know for me I believe and trust in the Holy Spirit, I’ve seen Him active in my personal journey.


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