Romans 8:26 - …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.
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Loneliness is a crippling thing. At times, being alone helps us to refresh and refocus, to pray and meditate upon God’s Word, but being alone is not the same as loneliness.
Someone can be lonely in the middle of a crowded room. When the buzz of life is all around, someone can still be crushed with the feeling that no one understands or cares. We are meant to be in life together. We are meant to be with others for strength, encouragement, healing, and support.
Jesus told the disciples before He was crucified, resurrected, and ascended to heaven that it was good for Him to leave, because there is another coming who will comfort, teach, guide, and empower. This same Holy Spirit, Paul teaches, helps us in our weakness.
The word “helps” here is not just an arbitrary vague word, but it gives a very powerful image. It not only means “to come to the aid of”, but it carries the picture of someone hand in hand with you, walking with you, strengthening you, helping you up when you fall, and if need be, carrying you when you’re too weak.
We may be physically by ourselves at times. We may feel very alone even in a crowded room. But we are never alone.
The Holy Spirit is with us, every step of the way, holding our hand, giving us the support and strength we need.