Romans 8:26-27


This chapter has been about the Holy Spirit and his role in our lives

a)       8:1-9 the Holy Spirit empowers the human to overcome the sin nature

b)       8:10-11 the Holy Spirit will resurrect your mortal body

c)       8:15-17 the Holy Spirit testifies to us that we are Sons of God, adopted by God

d)       8:26 the Holy Spirit today intercedes for us


Romans 8:26

 wsautwV  IN LIKE MANNER       de AND       kai ALSO     to THE       pneuma SPIRIT sunantilambanetai  taiV JOINTLY HELPS       asqeneiaiV WEAKNESS      hmwn OUR to THAT      gar FOR       ti WHICH        proseuxwmeqa WE SHOULD PRAY FOR kaqo ACCORDING AS            dei IT BEHOOVES        ouk WE       oidamen KNOW NOT all BUT      auto ITSELF        to THE        pneuma  SPIRIT       

uperentugcanei MAKES INTERCESSION          uper  FOR           hmwn  US stenagmoiV WITH GROANINGS                       alalhtoiV INEXPRESSIBLE


wsautwV  IN LIKE MANNER       

a)      Just like the Spirit testifies to us that we are sons of God

b)      And this knowledge gives us hope for the future deliverance

c)    Now in the same way the Spirit is praying our desires into God’s will.


asqeneiaiV WEAKNESS

a)      Could refer to the  weakness of the believer who is still living in a body or to the believers limits in prayer

b)      The word means “want of strength, or weakness”

c)      The weakness refers not to physical weakness but our inability to operate effectively in the spiritual realm which includes prayer.

d)      2 Cor. 12:9, 10 – power made perfect in weakness   

e)      Part of our weakness is that not knowing the details of God’s will and God’s plan (Job)


 proseuxwmeqa WE SHOULD PRAY FOR

a)      the word “for” is not in the Greek meaning and should simply say “we should pray”

b)      This means that we may know what to pray for (topics) but we do not know what we should pray concerning the topics (content)



      a)  This is the definite article is before the  phrase:

               gar FOR       ti WHICH        proseuxwmeqa WE SHOULD PRAY FOR” 

b)      This is like saying “We do not know the ‘What’ we should pray for.”

c)      We know to pray for “God’s will” and to pray for “maturity” but we do not know God’s plan or how he at this moment is going to work it.


sunantilambanetai  taiV JOINTLY HELPS 

a)      This word only occurs in Luke 10:40 were Martha required help from Mary in preparing the meal. “Bid her therefore that she help me” or “Bid her to lend me a hand.”

b)      The image from Martha’s use of the word is someone else coming alongside her to help carry part of the responsibility.

c)      So, though this verse is about the Spirit praying this image of Mary coming to help Martha did not mean that Martha would have stopped.

d)      We pray and the Spirit also prays.  This is part of the meaning of Ephesians 6:18 where Paul tells them to pray in the Spirit    

e)      This word is made from:

a.       sun “together with”

b.      anti “over against”

c.       lambano “to take”

d.      So the meaning of the word is a picture of a person coming to the aid of another and taking a hold of the problem or weight along with that person.

f)        The Spirit will come to our aid and assist us in our problems but He does not take over our responsibilities nor give us automatic deliverance without any effort


uperentugcanei MAKES INTERCESSION         

a)      The word is made of:

a.       entugcanei which means “happens on” as in someone may happen to come upon an accident or someone in need.



a)      Also translated as:

a.       “unuttered groanings”

b.      “sighs that baffle words”

b)      alalhtoiV INEXPRESSIBLE is only used here in the NT.

a.       The etymology of the word is “unspoken, wordless”

c)      Are these groans of ours or groans of the Spirit?


Romans 8:27

o BUT     de HE WHO        ereunwn  SEARCHES      taV THE          kardiaV HEARTS  

oiden  KNOWS        ti WHAT IS       to THE        fronhma  MIND       tou OF THE pneumatoV SPIRIT       oti BECAUSE         kata ACCORDING TO       qeon GOD

entugcanei HE INTERCEDES          uper FOR            agiwn SAINTS


This verse gives more detail concerning how the “stenagmoiV WITH GROANINGS                       alalhtoiV INEXPRESSIBLE” can be understandable to God.

a)      God can understand the “inexpressible groanings” because the Spirit is in us and the Spirit then expresses them to God for his understanding.

“he who searches the hearts” is God  or in Revelation 2:23 it is Jesus.


ereunwn  SEARCHES    is present active participle and means “to search, to examine”

a)      the present tense means this is an ongoing activity.


kata ACCORDING TO       qeon GOD means the Spirit knows both God’s plans and our desires and they are brought together by the Holy Spirit.


entugcanei HE INTERCEDES          means to intercede or to plead for.