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I’d read it before – that famous verse about the Spirit interceding for us according to the will of God.


I’d skimmed over it more times than I’d read it – always in a hurry to get to the part where “everything works together for good.


But this time, I couldn’t get past those first few words:


“And He who searches the hearts….” (Romans 8:27).


“Just what is He looking for?” I wondered.


It couldn’t be advice. He is the ultimate Counselor (Job 36:22).


It couldn’t be comfort. He is the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3).


It couldn’t be something misplaced. He is the Holy Rememberer (John 14:26).


Yet, He continues to look for something.


“And He who searches the hearts knows….”


Okay, so He knows what He is looking for, right?


“And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is…” (Romans 8:27).


Hum. Could it be that as He searches, He is looking for a heart like His? A yearning within us that resonates with His Presence? An appetite within our hearts that hungers for His same desires?


His Eyes move “to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His” (2 Chronicles 16:9). Could it be that when His Eye sees a weak heart desiring Him that He stops His search? Stops because He finds one who will agree with Him in prayer.


Isn’t this what He is looking for?


Yes, “He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:27). And doesn’t that type of heart, however frail, attract His blessings?


When our Great Investigator spots this kind of eager, craving heart, His Presence descends into it. The importance is not on the utterances, but the utter dependence. He seeks for a heart reaching upward to Him (Isaiah 64:7).


“Eye has not seen and ear has not heard, neither has entered into the heart of man all that God has prepared for those that love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). We can’t picture it, but our Seer can. His descent blasts heaven open, so that His resources can tumble forth. 


“We have received….the Spirit…that we might know the things freely given to us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:12).


May we awaken our heart toward Him, so that He can release fulfillment.