The following is the twentieth weekâ€™s lesson.Â This section talks about the suffering that Christians go through as they await Christâ€™s second coming. But it also speaks about how the Holy Spirit helps us pray for help.
Romans 8:18Â For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19Â For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20Â For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21Â because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22Â For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23Â Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24Â For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25Â But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
26Â 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. 27Â Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
All creation suffers as it waits for the day when Christ will return and replace this world.