The Groanings of the Spirit
‘Likewise the Spirit also 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.’ Rom. 8, 26.
Let the afflicted soul examine himself, whether there be not a latent desire, an almost unfelt panting after God, a wish for his assistance, and for the smiles of his countenance: for such a silent internal panting, is the most effectual cry of the Holy Ghost in behalf of the believer; and Cicero, and Demosthenes, could not rival its eloquence. O my soul! though assailed by terrors within, and temptations and persecution without; yet whilst this praying desire is in thee, thou hast the Holy Ghost, the pledge and witness of thine adoption.
David Henkel from Fragments on the Doctrine of Justification