Power and Strength in the Spirit
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:26-28 NKJV
Verse 28 of Romans chapter 8 is more than a cliché; it is not an excuse or justification to explain away negative things that happen in life. To say that all things work together for good, without qualification, is a false truth—a twisted truth—that leads to error.
For example, when Adam sinned, did his disobedience work together for good? What about Moses murdering the Egyptian, did this homicide work together for good? What about David’s adultery, did this affair work together for good? What about King Saul’s abuse of his kingly authority and rebellion to God? Absolutely not! Disobedience, murder, adultery, and rebellion—or any negative act or event or behavior—can only work together for good when the Holy Spirit, through your spirit, makes intercession for you by praying according to the will of God, because you love God and are called according to His purpose.
There are times when you don’t know the right words to pray about different situations, people, places or things—let along how to pray for yourself (Rom. 8:26-27). So, what do you do when life’s problems and darkness comes your way? Stand on the Word (Psalm 119:11, 105). But if you don’t know the Word, you won’t know how to pray as you ought; but thank God for the Holy Spirit who operates in your spirit (John 14:16). The spirit of man is the lamp that God uses to search the heart (Prov. 20:27; Rom. 8:27). It is also the bridge between the body and soul (1 Thess. 5:23; 1 John 3:20-21).
In prayer, you gain power and strength in the Spirit when the Spirit builds you up (Jude 20). When the Spirit builds you, your experiences and outcomes in life are controlled by God’s purpose, His predestination, and the counsel of His will—not your circumstances nor your the impulses of your body and soul (Rom. 8:29-31). You are praying perfectly when you pray in the spirit, with the Spirit’s help, because you’re praying in power and strength according to God’s will for your life.