Rom. 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words
I love to pray in my heavenly language. The prayer language has become greatly misunderstood and the result is praying in the Spirit is highly under emphasized by the modern church. The consequences are staggering. Rather than a powerful church with signs and wonders we have become weak and immoral, making excuses for our lack of power and changing theological stances to allow for a carnal lifestyle. A return to the emphasis on the baptism in the Spirit followed by the evidence of speaking in other tongues is inevitable if God’s promises of a final revival is a reality. One of the chief benefits of praying in tongues is the help we receive described in today’s verse. We are helped in praying and actually praying Spirit directed prayers. Here is how John Wesley saw it.
“Likewise the Spirit—Nay, not only the universe, not only the children of God, but the Spirit of God also himself, as it were, groaneth, while he helpeth our infirmities, or weaknesses. Our understandings are weak, particularly in the things of God our desires are weak; our prayers are weak. We know not—Many times. What we should pray for—Much less are we able to pray for it as we ought: but the Spirit maketh intercession for us—In our hearts, even as Christ does in heaven. With groanings—The matter of which is from ourselves, but the Spirit forms them; and they are frequently inexpressible, even by the faithful themselves.”
Inexpressible in human words because our circumstances have no natural solutions. The Spirit takes us into the heavenly dimension and actually prays through us. These kinds of prayers carry supernatural power and are guranteed to be answered. Here is how Adam Clarke described this divine help.
“The word sunantilambanomai is very inadequately expressed by helpeth. It is compounded of sun, together, anti, against, and lambanomai, to support or help, and signifies such assistance as is afforded by any two persons to each other, who mutually bear the same load or carry it between them. He who prays, receives help from the Spirit of God; but he who prays not receives no such help. Whatever our strength may be, we must put it forth, even while most implicitly depending on the strength of God himself.”
What a word! Sunantilambanomai. This word translated ‘helps’ in English describes the supernatural help we receive while praying in the Spirit. This prayer transforms us and effects our circumstances this is how God helps us. So what are you waiting for? Pray in your heavenly language and watch God take over.