Groaning, Hope and Prayer. The Spirit Itself maketh intercession for us. Romans 8:22-27

Synopsis: Exegesis of Romans 8:22-27 which contains the very good news that we are not responsible for competence in our prayer, but rather, if we provide the desire and compunction (described by St Paul as to “groan within ourselves”), “helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”. The very important and misunderstood word “hope” is also defined, and we investigate what “groaning within ourselves” should be. St Paul is often very technical and complicated in his writing, but this passage is among his most comforting – it is truly the “Gospel” (good news) for those who have the proper disposition regarding themselves and the world.