The Spirit’s Intercession

James Rosscup | August 25, 2009

One of the Holy Spirit’s ministries in Romans 8 to those whom God has justified is intercessory prayer, i.e. taking personal matters of prayer beyond the believers’ own prayer effort. The chapter has the entire walk of the saints in view from the time of their being justified to their future glorification, but the only express example of a specific experience in the Christian life is prayer. The focus is on a weakness of believers, i.e. not knowing what to pray, whereas God knows perfectly. The Spirit prays on their behalf by groanings in which He does not use words. As believers pray about the myriad of life’s struggles, the Spirit works in close coordination with their prayers; yet the groanings are distinctly His own, in caring empathy, to secure what is best for them at God’s throne. Believers are imperfect and pray with limitations, but God is perfect and unlimited in seeking what is for their good.

Vol. 10, no. 1 (Spring 1999)

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Rosscup, James. "The Spirit’s Intercession." The Master's Seminary Journal 10, no. 1 (Spring 1999): 139-62.