Groaning in Prayer — How to Pray in the Spirit Part 4

Continuing in our series on How to pray in the Spirit Pauls says in Romans 8:26,

“…but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

Groaning which cannot be uttered:

As the Holy Spirit births prayer burdens in our heart we have a fervent desire to express these things eloquently in prayer in such a way as to be answered. However often we can’t put words to the burdens of our heart, and we really just groan in our spirit, but don’t feel as if we’re accomplishing much.
In verse 26 the word ‘groanings’ is the greek word, ‘stenagmos’ which means heart murmurings. It is used in Acts 7:34, “...I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them.”

As the Holy Spirit births prayer burdens in our heart we have a fervent desire to express these things eloquently in prayer in such a way as to be answered. However often we can’t put words to the burdens of our heart, and we really just groan in our spirit, but don’t feel as if we’re accomplishing much. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit takes the groanings of our heart and turns them into intelligible prayers that God answers.

Examples of Groaning in Prayer in the Bible

There are many examples of men and women who were so burdened for something that they couldn’t do anything but groan in prayer, but God answered them. An Old Testament example, of course, would be Hannah, she was in so much agony, and groaning in prayer for a child that the priest thought she was drunk.

Modern Examples of Groaning in Prayer

In more modern times the example of Daniel Nash is instructive. He was one of Charles Finney’s advance men, meaning he would enter a city several weeks or months before a meeting just to pray. Finney relates a story of His prayer,

The Groaning Prayer Warrior

“When I got to town to start a revival a lady contacted me who ran a boarding house. She said, “Brother Finney, do you know a Father Nash? He and two other men have been at my boarding house for the last three days, but they haven’t eaten a bite of food. I opened the door and peeped in at them because I could hear them groaning, and I saw them down on their faces. They have been this way for three days, lying prostrate on the floor and groaning. I thought something awful must have happened to them. I was afraid to go in and I didn’t know what to do. Would you please come see about them?” “No it isn’t necessary,” I replied. “They just have a spirit of travail in prayer.”

In his travail for souls, like a woman in labor, all that Daniel Nash could do was groan. It is interesting to note what happened after Nash died. Finney stopped holding meetings. He took a church the groaning prayer warrior that had helped bring thousands to Christ through his meetings.

According to the will of God

The Bibles says in verse 27, “…he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” This means that the Holy Spirit and God the father are in constant communion. The Holy Spirit takes our feeble prayers which have an inability to produce results. He then takes those and turns them into prayers that are according to the will of God. Why is this important you ask?

1 John 5:14-15 explains, “…this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” Prayer that is according to God’s will is the prayer that He answers.

How to Know the Will of God

We can claim one of the 7,000 promises of the Word of God in prayer. When we claim these we are praying the will of God.
So how do we know the will of God? Two ways, the Word of God, and the Spirit of God. This is why it is so essential to pray the word of God. We can claim one of the 7,000 promises of the Word of God in prayer. When we claim these we are praying the will of God.

Likewise, it is just as essential to incorporate the Spirit of God in prayer. Because He is God, He obviously knows what His will is. So instead of bringing the same prayer list you have been praying over for twenty years. Start asking God what should I pray for?

When you pray for what He tells you, you will always have your prayer answered. This is because it is the will of God. So now we have seen the many benefits of praying in the Spirit. Let us start doing it and the results will be amazing.

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Paul Kingsbury was born in the state of Michigan in 1953. Reared by godly parents and discipled in good churches, Paul came to Christ as a youngster and surrendered to ministry at sixteen years of age. He immediately began preaching in rescue missions, jails, and nursing homes. Becoming senior Pastor of North Love in 1982, Paul Kingsbury continues in that capacity today. Pastor Kingsbury travels extensively, preaching and teaching on marriage, family relationships, discipleship and overcoming addictions and stubborn habits. He is the author of several books. He and his wife have been blessed with twelve children and numerous grandchildren. Honorary doctorates have been given to Paul Kingsbury from Ambassador Baptist College and West Coast Baptist College.

2 thoughts on “Groaning in Prayer — How to Pray in the Spirit Part 4

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  2. I truly enjoyed your insight into this topic. I ve always wondered if my groanings were heard by God as I have a habit which I thought was bad. Whenever I experience pain or I am hurting from a life experience i tend to groan as a way ay of coping.

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