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 through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of the God.-Romans 8:26-27
Who is this “Spirit” that Paul is talking about? To fully answer that question we have to go back to some of Jesus’ last words of teaching to his disciples. In John 14:25-26 Jesus said these words, “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name will teach you all things and will remind you everything I have said to you.” If you will notice Jesus described the Holy Spirit as an advocate and the word in Greek that he used to describe the Holy Spirit is actually parakletos, which literally means counselor, intercessor, helper, one who encourages and comforts. That is exactly how Paul describes the Holy Spirit in today’s passages from Romans. The Holy Spirit is more than your comforter, which is the way the old English versions of the Bible translated the word parakletos (i.e. King James Version). The Holy Spirit is the you who stands with you when you are going through the hard times, and he is the one brings our wordless thoughts and prays before God. The Holy Spirit is there, but yet he is unseen. Which is the meaning of the Greek word that both Jesus and Paul use when they talk about the Holy Spirit. The Greek word that is used throughout the New Testament for Spirit is pneuma, which means wind, breath, things which are commonly perceived as having no material substance. We can’t see the wind, but yet we can see it’s effects. We can’t see the breaths we take, but yet we can see the effects that they have. The Holy Spirit is the same way. We can’t see the Holy Spirit, but we can see and feel the effects that he has on our lives. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be our guide and our advocate, and it would advantageous of us to understand the Holy Spirit and his workings better so that we can be better attuned to his working in our lives.