Thursday, March 01, 2018

Sanday & Headlam: the Spirit groaning within us

Thursday, March 1, 2018
    Feast of David, Bishop of Menevia, Patron of Wales, c.601
    In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
    —Romans 8:26 (NIV)
    As we groan, so also does the Holy Spirit groan with us, putting a meaning into our aspirations which they would not have of themselves.
    ... 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. 213 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:26; Ps. 6:9; 42:1-2; 69:3; 102:19-20; Luke 22:44; 2 Cor. 5:4
Quiet time reflection:
    Spirit of God, grant holiness to my prayer.
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