Monday, January 15, 2018

Sanday & Headlam: we are not left helpless

Monday, January 15, 2018
    Likewise 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.
    —Romans 8:26 (KJV)
    [Of Romans 8:26-27]
    Nor are we alone in our struggles. The Holy Spirit supports our helplessness. Left to ourselves we do not know what prayers to offer or how to offer them. But in those inarticulate groans which rise from the depth of our being, we recognize the voice of none other than the Holy Spirit. He makes intercession; and His intercession is sure to be answered. For God Who searches the inmost recesses of the heart can interpret His own Spirit’s meaning. He knows that His own Will regulates Its petitions, and that they are offered for men dedicated to His service.
    ... William Sanday (1843-1920) & Arthur C. Headlam (1862-1947), A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1896, 10th ed., New York: Scribners, 1905, p. 212-213 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:26-27; Ps. 6:9; 10:17-18; 77:1-3; Matt. 10:19-20; Luke 11:1; 2 Cor. 5:2; 12:5-10; Eph. 2:18; 6:18; Heb. 4:15; 5:2; Jas. 4:3; Jude 1:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Spirit of God, sanctify my prayer.
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