We know that the whole creation has been groaning1 as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,2 groan3 inwardly as we wait eagerly4 for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.524
For in this hope we were saved.6 But hope that is seen is no hope at all.7 Who hopes for what he already has?
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.826
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit9 himself intercedes for us10 with groans that words cannot express.
And he who searches our hearts11 knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes12 for the saints in accordance with God's will.