Our Intimate Intercessor

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. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. (Romans 8:26-27)

I may not be able to find a verse in the Bible that uses the word “intimate” in relation to God, but I don’t know a better description of it than “he who searches our hearts” who also knows the mind and will of God. How much more intimate can one be than to know someone’s heart?

Science fiction stories that deal with telepathy often bring up interesting issues with regard to people know other people’s thoughts. What would it be like to know someone else’s deepest thoughts? What would it be like for someone else to know every thought that goes through my mind? I remember one story where such knowledge led to greater understanding, but most of us would greatly fear having another person know us that well.

With God, though, it’s a comfort rather than a fear. If there were a choice on our part, of course, I don’t know whether we would choose to let God know everything about us. But since He does, and extends His love to us anyway, it is a comfort to be known intimately and loved.

And it is a comfort to know that our prayers are somehow “translated” from our stumbling and fumbling attempts to what they should be according to God’s will. I know my prayers are often pretty pathetic, but they are transformed by our Intimate Intercessor into something infinitely better.

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