(Romans 8:26 NLT)
What might be the content of the Spirit's groaning intercession on our behalf? What is the content of the prayer the Spirit puts within our hearts?
The word "groan" indicates to us that the Spirit's intercession concerns our future hope. Above all, then, the Spirit petitions God about the fulfillment of His promises and the complete realization of all the joys of salvation. He prays that God will bring to completion or fulfillment our adoption as sons (8:23), the redemption of the body (8:23), the inheritance of glory (8:17), freedom from the law of sin and death (8:2), no condemnation (8:1). On our behalf the Spirit intercedes with God to make all this real in our lives.
That's not all, of course. The Spirit also intercedes with God about all our needs, physical, material, as well as spiritual. As almighty God He knows those needs better than we ourselves do. He knows when we are blue and depressed and need lifting. He knows when we are wavering in the faith and need strengthening. He knows before we ourselves know what sins we must confess and need forgiveness for. He knows we need food, drink, clothing, shelter. He knows our hurts, our concerns, our trials, our insecurities. He knows all these and presents them before the Father in a fit and proper way, in accordance with the Father's will.
"The Spirit helps us in our weakness ... the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."