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from sermon #297
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. 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,” Romans 8:26-27.
are thoughts and desires in the heart for which there are no words to give
vent. What words can express the desires and feelings of the heart when one is
bereaved of a loved one? How would you put in words what is in the heart when
you stand over the coffin of a loved one? There are no words, yet the heart can
melt and flow before the Lord. There are times when there just are no words,
but again, a silent prayer and a silent meditation is a well-pleasing sacrifice
before the Lord, because the Lord is reading the heart with groanings that
cannot be uttered. The Holy Spirit conveys the message.
much the more in grace. Oh, what words could express the remorse over past
sins? I want to explain to you something. When you remember sins from your
youth, your heart can groan with such remorse over being such a fool, over
having sinned so grievously against the Lord. What words do you use to express
that? You see what a price our Saviour had to pay. You see the finger of the
Father’s justice writing every one of those sins in His bloody sweat in the
Garden of Gethsemane. There are no words, but there is remorse that words
cannot express. Then the Holy Spirit intercedes with groanings that cannot be
uttered. So much the more it is in grace.
words could express the cravings in the soul for a token of God’s favor? When
the Holy Spirit has truly convicted our hearts over our sins of youth, and over
our past, we have no words to express that hungering desire for the Holy Spirit
to give us a revelation of the love of Christ, a revelation of that
preciousness of a bleeding, dying Saviour.
text says, “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.”
human reasoning has no understanding of what we should pray for. The Apostle
Paul prayed that the messenger of Satan would be removed, but the Lord told
him: Do not pray for that. It will not happen. My grace is sufficient for you.
words cannot and uttered are both taken from the same word in the original, which
means “inexpressible unspeakable, unutterable, which cannot be uttered.”
There are no words to express it.
the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be
uttered, He carries forth the desires of the heart in a spirit that human
vocabulary has no words to cover.
want to use a scriptural illustration for this. We see this when Hannah prayed
in the depth of her soul, yet not a single word came from her lips. Read this
with me in 1 Samuel 1:12-16, “And it came to pass, as she continued praying
before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart;
only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had
been drunken. And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away
thy wine from thee. And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of
a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured
out my soul before the LORD. Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial:
for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.”
poured out her heart to the Lord. She spoke in her heart words that could not
be uttered. Amen.
we mourn with those that mourn;
of flesh, and bone of bone,
Gadsby selection, 1838
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