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Groaning Of The Spirit

What does it mean in Romans 8, when Paul is talking about the groaning of the Spirit with words which cannot be uttered? Does that mean praying in tongues? If yes,why?

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I have groaned in my spirit for me, I was in prayer, I was crying for the loss of my Mother (about a year after her death) and I was in deep prayer when I felt the release of all the grief, anguish and despair and then it was done. I was beyond word,the groaning in my spirit was like a twisting of all my emotions with no sound coming out of me. Afterwards, I was no longer carrying the same load it had been lifted from me.
---Karen on 5/7/12

"Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses.
For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought,
but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with
groanings which cannot be uttered." (Romans 8:26)
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/6/07

"groanings which cannot be uttered" > the groanings cannot be uttered, so I'd say they are not words that we know plus not words of tongues > but while the Holy Spirit is groaning in intercession for us, He can speak words, at the same time, I'd say. So, if we are "praying in the Holy Spirit" (Jude 20), we can share with Him in His groaning and at the same time say whatever He has us say in a language we know or in tongues.
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/6/07

While the Holy Spirit is groaning in prayer for us, I believe He can be groaning with loving appreciation for the Father and Jesus. His groaning, I understand, can be like how a Christian wife groans affectionately and appreciatively to her husband in order to encourage him to do what is good, and not just her selfish wishes...showing she is committed to loving him for himself, and not just to use him for what she desires of him.
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/6/07

Many of the charismatic denominations do refer to this as praying in tongues. They say because of Romans 8:26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words,

With infilling of the Holy Spirit He as it says "intercedes" for us in assistance in helping us to pray and giving us the words to say in a heavenly language.
---denna7667 on 9/6/07

I have experienced this groaning of the spirit myself. No it is not speaking in tongues but very close akin to tongues as the one speaking does not understand what he is saying. In my experiences I lost all strength and had to hold on to something to stay up.
---Time_Mima on 9/6/07

It is when the Holy Ghost literally grieves through a born again child of God, I have witnessed this at my church, and felt Him grieve through me, as a result of someone or something grieving Him. I also feel when He rejoices. The Holy Ghost is a person and He rejoices and grieves, it can be audible or not.--Mrs. Morgan
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/6/07

Cannot be uttered, we know not what to say, nor how to express ourselves. With groanings that cannot be uttered. there may be a praying in the Spirit where there is not a word spoken. It is not the eloquence and rhetoric but the faith and fervency, of our prayers, that the Spirit works in us.--- To the hypocrites--All whose religion lies in His tongue nothing is more DREADFUL than that God searches the heart. To a Christian--Your heart is comfortable. So it be.
---catherine on 4/3/07

This is classified as the Spirit of Intercession.

You have taken the cup of suffering, and your soul is crying out, too deep for words.
---Cynthia_1 on 4/3/07

DOes this mean when jesus groaned in the spirit, he was speaking in tongues...I'm not srue but doesnt it also say that groaning is more than words...(Romans 8:26), so what if its actuallly Groans haha, UGHHHHH
---mark on 4/3/07

Yes, it does mean praying in tongues. It can also refer to travailing. When a person travails they are giving birth to something that has been prayed for or are travailing on the behalf of someone going through something. It is better to pray in the tongues at times because it goes beyond our intellect into the perfect will of God.
---Rickey on 4/3/07

#3 Yet it is not to every saint that these words can be applied; but only to those that "love God," to those that are "the called according to His purpose." Many Christians love the world and the flesh, more than they love the Lord. They never surrender to Him, nor find their place in His perfect will; hence, the "all things" aren't evident in their lives. They do not get the peace of mind out of the hard places, as the one does that loves and yields to God.
---Debbie on 8/21/06

#2 He makes that redemption real to us. God searcheth the hearts, sees the need that the Spirit is praying for; and then it comes to pass in our lives. Notice the next verse. Rom. 8:28; We are taught that even though we don't know what to pray for, this doesn't matter because God is making all things work together for our good. It does not matter how things appear. They can do no harm to us; for they are the answer to the Spirit's groaning within us.
---Debbie on 8/21/06

#1 Rom. 8:26,27 We are in a body, and have limitations. We often seek God (groan) for deliverance and the Spirit also groans (seeks)or prays effectually for God's perfect will. When the Spirit does it , there may be no utterance. We do not always pray for what is best; but the Spirit always does and will pray with groanings and sighs, which gets us what we would have asked for if we had known. God not only laid the basis for our redemption at Calvary; but He has also come to dwell in us by the Spirit.
---Debbie on 8/21/06

I pray this way alot because I am an intercessor. The groanings, are not words, they are deep spiritual tones that come out after you have been praying "in the Spirit" for a while, then you go into the groaning. God allows us to feel the pain of others so we can pray like this. It is awesome because you know you are touching the heart of God and He is listening and answering.
---Donna9759 on 8/21/06

An example of tongues would be an American, that has no knowledge of foreign languages, suddenly preaching the gospel to the Swaheli tribe of Africa in their native tongue. The groanings that are spoken of in Romans 8:26 are in refrence to words that cannot be spoken. This is speaking of feelings so deep within the believer that words cannot express them. Hence the need for the Holy Spirit to intercede and convey the message through the Son to the Father.
---Ryan on 8/20/06

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From your question I am drawing the conclusion you are speaking of Romans 8:26. The entire chapter of Romans 8 is extremly profound and worthy of much study by every saint. It compares the old flesh and the new Spirit of the believer. It is an instructional scripture to help us focus on the Spirit. As far as "groanings too deep for words" this has nothing to do with speaking in tongues. Tongues are given for evangelism. Tongues are human languages.
---Ryan on 8/20/06

No! it does not mean praying in tongues. You said it yourself "words that cannot be uttered" If you are praying in tongues, you are uppering words of some sort. It is a deep burden in the heart and you really don't know what to say. God knows your heart and mind. Words are not necessary. If you pray in tongues and how will you know if God answers your prayer?
---Rev_Herb on 8/20/06

How in the world can "groaning of the Spirit with words which cannot be uttered." mean speaking in tongues?
---shira on 8/20/06

How can tongues possibly be the same as " words which cannot be uttered"? Utter - to send forth with the voice.
---emg on 8/20/06

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In the Greek the words literally mean that the spirit speaks for us when we cannot find the words to speak ourselves. He knows what we need most anyway. It is speaking in the spirit, whether in tongues or literally groaning. (some people refuse to allow spirit to form words and when someone like a parent/child is hurting-all they can do is moan & groan. Some speak in spirit. Check out the verse on Strong's Concordance site and click on the numbers next to the words to find out the greek meanings.
---Amy9384 on 8/19/06

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