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. Romans 8:26
In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, he expends a considerable amount of ink explaining the basic system of salvation to those who have never before received the teaching of an apostle. In today’s passage, Paul focuses on the awesome power of the Holy Spirit. He emphasizes how the Spirit helps us in our weakness and even prays for us in ways we may not be able to fully comprehend or even express.
Anyone who suffers with Alzheimer’s disease understands the “weakness” of this illness. There are things you just don’t do well anymore. Sharing the news of your illness is one of those things because it takes good communication skills. And anyone dealing with this disease understands how the ability to communicate clearly can be impacted!
I recall telling my children about my doctor’s preliminary diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease over eight years ago. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life. I also remember asking God to help me find the words that would provide my children comfort and peace knowing how He was in complete control of this situation. Fortunately, the Holy Spirit was working behind the scenes and interceding for me in groans which words could never express. Perhaps this is why the conversation went so well. Once we decide to surrender the disease to God, He is able to work wonders in our lives that we simply cannot fully comprehend.
That is why it is important to share the news with those close to you. You can be a witness even in your weakness. You may not feel strong enough but the Holy Spirit is already in your corner praying and preparing you for this conversation!
So if you have been recently diagnosed with this disease and have not yet shared the news with your family or close friends, spend some time in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to prepare you for this conversation. He won’t let you down, and like Paul declared in today’s passage, the Holy Spirit will help you in spite of your weakness!