We all could use help from time to time with our prayer lives. Romans 8:26 teaches us that we receive that help on a regular basis from God the Holy Spirit. Here are some principles to glean from the text:
- He prays for us because we fail to recognize how we should pray about certain things.
- His prayer is something that we can’t articulate.
- His prayer is always according to God’s will.
In addition to this wonderful truth, we also have a glorious promise from God: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for [the] good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Perhaps the best illustration of this truth is seen in the life of Joseph, the beloved son of Jacob. Joseph was portrayed as killed, sold into slavery, and faced countless obstacles in Egypt, but, because he walked righteously and God was with him, he prospered and was raised to a prominent and powerful position in the government. It was his position, ultimately, that relieved his family’s hunger while they were victimized by famine. Joseph said, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Genesis 50:20).
So the prayers and promises of God are incredibly important. They teach us the importance of prayer and the importance of faith in God’s providence. He has plans for our future (Jeremiah 29:11). We need to pray and trust!