Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. ESV
I guess, like you, I have read this verse countless times. Up until a few minutes ago I always thought those prayers by the Holy Spirit were expressing my prayers to God because I couldn’t didn’t know how to express them. Well, that thinking got challenged by something Oswald Chambers wrote that makes that scripture much more powerful for me.
Let’s take a step back for a moment and consider another verse we all know well…
1 Cor 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, ESV
We are His temple and He lives in us, and in His house He is making intercession for us “according to the will of God.” Yes, God searches our hearts to know what is the prayer of the Holy Spirit; the prayers that we are not capable of uttering. We are, in fact, God’s Temple in which His Spirit offers His intercession about things of which know noting. Remember that Jesus said, My house shall be called the house of prayer and that is not limited to the Temple or the church building. It’s each and every member of the bride of Christ, and with that comes our requirement to keep His Temple undefiled.
Chambers put it well: “We have to remember that our conscious life, though it is only a tiny bit of our personality, is to be regarded by us as a shrine of the Holy Ghost. He will look after the unconscious part that we know nothing of; but we must see that we guard the conscious part for which we are responsible.”
And that brings us to the second part of what Jesus said: but you have made it a den of thieves. We must ever be mindful of our responsibility to keep our temple cleansed and never disrupt the prayers of The Spirit to The Father. We are the shrine of His intercession.